Elk City’s Tate Trotter – Character Counts Presented by Great Plains Bank Elk City

By Travis Sloat

Elk City senior Tate Trotter said he looks to players like Russell Westbrook for inspiration on the basketball court.

“I love to watch Westbrook because of how explosive and shifty he is,” Trotter said.

Trotter, who plays shooting guard for the Elks, said he learned the game of basketball while playing in the driveway with his father. He did mention that when he started to get bigger (and dad started getting older) he started winning those driveway games.

Trotter is not just a one-sport athlete, he also plays golf for the Elks, where he said his best game was a 65. Of the two sports, he said he’d like to get a scholarship for golf after high school.

“I’d like to get a scholarship to continue my golf career at the collegiate level,” he said. “I’d really like to go to the University of Central Oklahoma, because of all the good things I’ve heard about their school.”

As for the upcoming hoops season, Trotter said his immediate goals are to promote team cohesion and be an asset early.

“I hope to really find my shot early on,” he said. “And I want our team to come together better this year. I think that will be possible with the help of coach Stephens.”

When he’s not playing hoops, Trotter said he enjoys hanging out with friends and working on his golf game. He said for him, character embodies how someone composes themselves when the game isn’t going your way.

“That’s something I’ve been working on throughout high school,” Trotter said.