Trent was an immediate starter, and his addition to the lineup pushed Marquette from solid team to possible contender. The Golden Eagles tied with Georgetown and Louisville for the Big East regular season championship. Williams called Trent the most diligent player in his 19 years in basketball.
“He’s a worker,” Williams said, “and that’s why he fits here.”
This season, Judy drove to each of Marquette’s home Big East games, adding a trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational and one to Pittsburgh, where Taylor Lockett, Trent’s sister, is a freshman volleyball player at Duquesne. She’s also been to Lexington, Ky., for Marquette’s first-round NCAA tournament games.
Judy took a year off from her job, figuring that, as long as there was time, she wanted to spend it with her children. These would be the memories her late husband never had a chance to make.
Judy said she was examined in January, and the tumors have neither grown nor spread despite the fact that she has refused the suggested cancer treatments.
“My theory is, the happier I am, the better my body’s going to work,” she said. “I am, like, defying the odds.”
She said she doesn’t discuss her health often with her children, because in her mind, it’s not a matter worth discussing as long as it doesn’t hinder her life.
So this week, she flew to Pittsburgh, and she and Taylor drove together to Washington to watch Trent play. Friday morning, she drank that coffee and planned her day; a brochure for Mount Vernon sat on the table. After a year of worrying about what might be next, she now considers the possibilities exhilarating.
“Hopefully it’s not the best year of my life,” she said, wearing a dark blue Marquette jacket. “Hopefully there’s more.”