Trevor’s Story


Trevor’s journey started at a very early age of 10 years old when his 5 year old brother Tajh, died after falling out of a hotel room window in Caracas, Venezuela. From that point on, Ariza would use the strength and memory of Tajh to take on every challenge head on by becoming one of the most highly recruited athletes in the nation.  A few seasons into his NBA career, he silenced all his critics by winning the NBA’s most coveted and prestigious award, the World Championship in 2009 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Through perseverance, determination, hard work and an undying commitment to never give up, Ariza elevated his game and hasn’t looked back since.  He is extremely honored to be able to launch this unprecedented awards show in honor of his late brother Tajh, but also those high school seniors who refuse to give up despite their pain, struggles and hardships.


Ariza’s Bio

Westchester High School Career

  • 2003, Ariza led Westchester to the CIF Division 1State Title with a No.5 USA Today national prep ranking(No.2 in the West)
  • 2002, won CA State title game over Oakland Tech scoring 30 points
  • 2003 EA Sports All-American
  • 2003 Parade Magazine All-American
  • Hoop Scoop No.15 ranked U.S senior
  • Cal-HiSports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year
  • L.A Times Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year

UCLA College Career

After one season at UCLA, Ariza entered the NBA draft and was a second round choice (43rd overall) of the New York Knicks in 2004.

Pro Career

  • New York Knicks 2004-2006: At 19, Ariza was the 2nd youngest rookie in Knicks history to play 80 games.
  • Orlando Magic 2006-2007
  • Los Angeles Lakers 2007-2009: 2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Houston Rockets 2009-2010
  • New Orleans Hornets 2010-2012
  • Washington Wizards 2012-2014
  • Houston Rockets 2014-Present