Much Love

Gig Harbor (WA) forward Clarence Trent (6-7, 200) spent spring break in Arkansas and Razorback head coach John Pelphrey made it clear to him this week that he would love for him to come back and spend extended time in Fayetteville.

DUNCANVILLE, TX. - It's no secret that Washington state prep basketball standout Clarence Trent is very interested in the University of Arkansas.

New Razorback coach John Pelphrey made sure the 6-7, 200-pound junior combo forward – who is playing AAU ball this spring and summer for the Arkansas Hawks - knew on Friday that the feeling was mutual.

"He called yesterday before I left (Washington) and said he wanted to make it clear that I had an offer and how much they still wanted me even though the coaching situation had changed," Trent said. "He said he wanted to get up and down the floor and he thinks that fits my game really well."

Trent is one of three Hawks that got scholarship offers this week after Pelphrey watched the squad play in Pittsburgh last weekend.

He joins Springdale Har-Ber senior forward Michael Sanchez and Fayetteville sophomore guard Fred Gulley on that list.

Although Sanchez is not playing this weekend while attending his school's prom, Trent and Gulley have noticed the new UA coach looking on in Duncanville this weekend at the Next Level Ballers event.

"I think he likes the way we get up and down the floor and I heard that is how his teams played at South Alabama and how he used to play at Kentucky under Coach (Rick) Pitino," Trent said. "It makes sense he would want to get up and down and coach the way he got to play.

"He also coached at Florida and you know they love to get up and down as well," Trent added. "I'm excited about that and think I could have some fun with him."

Trent says Arkansas – especially after his week long visit on spring break to hang out with Sanchez and play in the Real Deal on the Hill - is firmly planted in his top five.

"I was really surprised how much there was to do in Fayetteville and I am excited about their future," Trent said. "They are at the top of my list and nothings changed about that even though they changed coaches.

"It's Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, UConn and Kentucky for me right now," added Trent, whose team was 1-1 in pool play before moving into the Gold Medal bracket on Saturday night.

Speaking of getting up and down, Trent said that he has been getting enough rest despite flying across the country to play his AAU ball.

"I usually get back and take Monday off and then start working out on again on Tuesday," Trent said. "By that time I am good to go. I enjoy playing with these guys so it's well worth it."

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