Mr. Las Vegas

Washington native Clarence Trent (6-8, 210), a power forward that Arkansas is interested in, will be spending a lot of time in Las Vegas in the near future as he enrolls at Findlay Prep.

LAS VEGAS - Unlike many of his fellow Arkansas Hawks, Clarence Trent has a vested interest in learning how to get around in Las Vegas this week.

That's because Washington native Trent (6-8, 210) – one of the Razorbacks' 2008 recruiting targets - will be back here next month to begin his year at Findlay Prep School.

Trent will join Kentucky commit DeAndre Liggins as two of the top incoming players at Findlay, a place Springdale Har-Ber's Michael Sanchez was also headed before he decided to sign with the Razorbacks instead.

"I'll be at Findlay Prep this year and I am really looking forward to it," Trent said. "I am looking forward to playing with DeAndre Liggins and just becoming a better player."

Trent, who averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds last season for Gig Harbor High, has had a steady top five of Arkansas, Kentucky Kansas, UConn and Florida for quite awhile.

All those schools had coaches on hand watching him and the Hawks play in Las Vegas - a trip that ended when they were eliminated Wednesday afternoon in the Reebok Championships round of 16.

"It's still the same teams that I am looking at," Trent said. "I'm seeing if anybody else jumps in before the end of the summer, but then I'll take some visits and make a decision. "

Sanchez, who played with the Hawks before signing with Arkansas, has been encouraging Trent to follow his path.

"He does it a little bit, but he also doesn't try to pressure me because he knows what it is like and just got done with the recruiting process," Trent said. "But yes, he wants me to be a Razorback."

Trent stayed with Sanchez over spring break and was actually in Fayetteville during Arkansas' coaching search that ended with the hiring of John Pelphrey.

"I've talked to them over the phone a lot," Trent said. "I'm looking forward to making the trip back down to Arkansas."

Trent has taken many a flight this spring and summer to play with the Hawks.

"It's really been worth it," Trent said. "It's been fun going from Seattle to Pittsburgh to North Carolina and all the other places. It gets into my legs sometimes but I work through it and that is going to help me down the line."


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