By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
CASSTOWN — Some high athletes make their college commitments amidst much hoopla and fanfare, often surrounded by family, friends and classmates in packed gymnasiums or auditoriums with television cameras and tape recorders rolling.
Some do it on a cell phone at Taco Bell.
Such was the case with Miami East senior basketball players and twin sisters Trina and Ashley Current, who recently gave their verbal commitment to West Virginia State women’s basketball coach David Smith while grabbing a few burritos at Taco Bell in Troy.
“We were in the middle of Taco Bell and I was on the phone talking with (Smith) and I just said, ‘I don’t know how I’m supposed to tell you this, but we want to come play basketball for you.’ I was doing the talking because Trina was eating a burrito,” Ashley said. “Someone asked me, ‘Why did you guys commit while you were at Taco Bell?’ I said, ‘Because Subway was closed.’”
In the Current sisters, West Virginia State is getting a package deal. They both had offers to play at separate schools — and both say they would have been willing to do so if necessary — but ultimately, both liked enough of what they saw at the NCAA Division II school to accept the two scholarship offers.
“That was always the first question everyone asked us — if we would be willing to go to separate schools,” Ashley said. “We know we are going to have to separate at some point in life, but it wouldn’t have been the same playing basketball without her. But I told her to go to whatever school she liked.”
Trina Current said the size of the campus was ultimately the deciding factor for the sisters.
“When we went to visit the campus, it was really nice,” she said. “It was not too big and not too small. We really liked it.”
Miami East girls basketball coach Preston Elifritz said there’s plenty about the Current sisters for West Virginia State’s coaching staff to like, as well. In addition to their obvious physical attributes — both stand 6-feet tall — Elifritz said both are students of the game as well.
“Even if they both have just average seasons for them, they should both top the 1,000-point mark for their careers this year,” Elifritz said. “And they would be just the fifth and sixth girls in school history to do that. They’ve both got all the physical tools — and they are both students of the game. Even with all the scouting we do, I think they actually see more basketball games every year than I do. If there’s a basketball game going on, chances are they are going to be there playing or watching.”
The Current sisters will become the third and fourth members of their family to play sports at the collegiate level. Their father, Max — the head football coach at Miami East — played college football at West Virginia Wesleyan, which is in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference along with West Virginia State, while older brother Jake played football at the University of Wisconsin.
“When we were at Taco Bell and made our decision we saw (Troy football players) Alex (Dalton) and ‘Tater Tot’ (Taylor Brunner) and they were both like, ‘Nobody in your family has to pay for college.’ It’s pretty cool.”