Trent Shows Up

Gig Harbor (WA) standout Clarence Trent (6-7, 200), one of the nation's top 50 prospects in the 2008 class, was actually in attendance at the press conference to announce Dana Altman as the new Razorback basketball coach and will be in Northwest Arkansas all week.

It just so happens that one of the nation's top 50 senior-to-be prospects – one that hails from the Pacific Northwest - was in Northwest Arkansas on Monday and showed up at Bud Walton Arena right before new Razorback coach Dana Altman.

Clarence Trent, a 6-7, 200-pound small forward from Gig Harbor (WA), is in the area this week visiting his friend Michael Sanchez – the 6-8, 220-pound power forward from Springdale Har-Ber that he will join this spring and summer playing AAU basketball for the Arkansas Hawks.

"He seem liked a good coach," Trent said of Altman. "I was talking to (current Razorbacks) Stefan (Welsh) and Gary (Ervin) and they both said he is going to be coach that they will love playing for and I would, too, because he likes to get up and down. He seems like a cool dude."

Trent, will join Sanchez and 6-9 Andre Clark of North Little Rock on the Arkansas Hawks front line along with guards such as Fayetteville's Fred Gulley and Har-Ber's John Tyson and former Wildcat Aaron McHenry on the Hawks this spring and summer.

They will get action going this weekend in the 3rd annual Real Deal on the Hill AAU event at Bud Walton Arena and other area gyms.

"I did the West Coast thing the last two years so I am going to do the East Coast thing this year," Trent said. "I am going to play with the Arkansas Hawks. I am on spring break this week and going to be down here all week.

Trent, ranked as the 41st-best player nationally in the 2008 class by, averaged 13 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks this season for Gig Harbor.

"I did real good this season, individually, but our school team didn't go as far as we wanted to," Trent said.

Trent had already made an unofficial visit to Arkansas back in September when the Razorback football team hosted USC in the opening game of the season.

He was being recruited by former Arkansas head coach Stan Heath, who was hired Monday as the new head coach at South Florida after not being retained at Arkansas one week ago.

"It was a shock," Trent said. "He had been here a while, but not that long. He made it to the tournament and he got cut. I was pretty shocked at first, but its crazy and that is how business goes sometime."

Heath's dismissal has not diminished Trent's interest in Arkansas.

"Bascially it is the same schools – Arkansas, Kansas, UW (Washington), Wazoo (Washington State), UConn and Louisville," Trent said. "Those are the ones I am really looking at right now."

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Sanchez, who was also on hand for the announcement, admitted that he is not that familiar with Altman.

"All I know is what I heard today," Sanchez said. "Basically this is my first acquaintance with him, but he sounds good."

Sanchez has been trying to decide whether to go to Finley Prep in Las Vegas next season or go straight to college.

"I haven't made my final decision yet," Sanchez said. "I think now it will be sometime in May."

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Arkansas signee Nate Rakestraw (6-5, 212) of Springdale Har-Ber sit with is future Razorback teammates in the front row at Bud Walton Arena as Altman was introduced.

"I really didn't know much about him, I just knew that Creighton usually has a pretty solid team," Rakestraw said. "After hearing him today, it sounds like I am going to like him a lot. That's the kind of playing style I want to play for. Getting up and down the court and shooting the 3-pointer. I like going up and down the court and just playing and not just be all slow all the time with the offense."

"He has a lot of expectations for the Arkansas program and bringing it back to the top in the future," Rakestraw said. "I want to be a part of that."

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