Newsome's Mackey is school's most prolific shooter
LITHIA - Newsome High senior guard Trent Mackey appreciates the value of hard work. That's because he knows it always pays off. Known as one of the top shooters in Hillsborough County, the 6-foot-3 guard puts time and effort into perfecting his form, which last season resulted in a 49 shooting percentage from 3-point range. On average, Mackey said, he attempts 200 per day at practice. Every weekend - and he means every weekend - he strives for 200 made shots from anywhere in the gym. "As a coach's son, I was able to coach him a little bit more and we were able to refine (his shot) to make it more consistent," said his father and Newsome head boys basketball coach Jon Mackey.Trent already owns the school record for career 3-pointers made. "It pays off for him," Jon Mackey said. "I feel that if all our kids work hard, good things will happen." Last season, Trent was instrumental in helping Newsome achieve its best season in school history. He averaged 10.3 points and 4.2 assists and made 50 of 103 shots beyond the arc for a Newsome team that was one win shy of playing in the state semifinals. The Wolves finished the season 22-9 and lost to eventual Class 5A state champion Bartow, 60-58, in the Elite Eight round. In the state region semifinals, Trent made five 3-pointers in the team's 52-49 win against Ocala Forest. He hopes he can lead his team back to the postseason. "I just want to do what we did last year," Trent said. Newsome graduated its top two scorers from the 2009-10 season in Samal Shepherd and Jake Hodges, and coming into the season Trent knew he would have to take on more duties. "When you have a drop-off, you have to step up," he said. Entering Christmas break, Trent led the Wolves in scoring and has tallied more than 20 points in a game on several occasions. His performances thus far have included a 24-point game, including four 3-pointers, in a victory against Bloomingdale and a 26-point game in a win against district foe Tampa Bay Tech. Jon Mackey said college programs have taken interest. "A few schools think he can be a backup point guard or play shooting guard," the coach said. "A Division II school might want him to do more." Trent would prefer to play the shooting guard position at the next level. "I would like to be the off-guard, but I like to run the point too," he said. "I like to shoot."