Trent's Arkansas Flavor

Clarence Trent (6-8, 230), a 2009 power forward prospect that the University of Arkansas covets, had an outstanding campaign at Las Vegas Findlay Prep this season. He is looking forward to hooking up with the Arkansas Hawks AAU squad again beginning with the Real Deal on the Hill in Fayetteville on April 18-20.

After an impressive year at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Washington native and 2009 power forward prospect Clarence Trent is looking forward to being back in the state of Arkansas.

Trent (6-8, 230) will spend his summer once again with the Arkansas Hawks AAU squad, which will begin 2008 action with the Real Deal on the Hill April 18-20 in Fayetteville.

"I can't wait to get back to Arkansas and see the guys," Trent said. "It's a great place to be. I enjoyed being down there last summer and think it is going to be fun to be around there again this summer."

Trent, who reclassified to 2009 after playing his sophomore and junior seasons at Gig Harbor, is very much on the University of Arkansas recruiting radar as well as several other schools.

He averaged 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Pilots (32-1), who also featured Kentucky signee DeAndre Liggins, had five guys averaging between 11 and 13 points and made it to the National Prep Championship title game before losing to Hargrave Military Academy.

"Arkansas has made it very clear to me how much that want me to play there in college and how much I am wanted," Trent said. "That makes me feel very good. They are one school that stayed on me hard after I reclassified while it took some time on the others. They stayed in contact with me and the people around me during the season and came to see me play."

Trent, who shot 60 percent from the field, kept up with head coach John Pelphrey's Razorbacks this season via television.

"I got to watch them several times and I really liked how the were playing and how fired up Coach Pelphrey was on the sidelines," Trent said. "That's the kind of guy I want to play for, the kind of guy that will push you and get the best out of you like my coach here did this season."

Findlay head coach Michael Peck made it clear from the outset what he wanted from Trent and it wasn't flinging up 3-pointers like he did during the AAU season last summer.

"We saw him play last summer and knew what great skills he had, but also we knew how he just shot the ball whenever and wherever he was," Peck said. "I called him in and told him that wasn't what we needed from him here and that wasn't the way he needed to play for the future.

"I told him there is no reason to start your game outside and work your way in," Peck said. "Instead you have to know where your bread is buttered. And that is getting down low, establishing yourself and then stepping outside and taking advantage of situations. I told him you are a power forward, not a small forward and to his credit he took that to heart."

Trent said he is glad he took the advice.

"Being at Findlay this season really helped me mature both off the court and on," Trent said. "My coach has a saying that "The Do is On You.' It basically means its time for you to do what is right both on the court and off and that is the way you are going to progress in basketball and life."

Findlay was founded in Las Vegas in 2006 by former 1970s UNLV player,Cliff Findlay, whose son had gone to Maine Central Institute, a highly regarded prep school.

He made a 5-year, multi-million dollar commitment to the school, which is affiliated with the Henderson International School with the players all living in one expansive house and each student provided a laptop.

"It's a great place and I am glad I made the move," Trent said. "It's great for me academically and also we play great competition every night. There is no way I would have developed as a player like I have if I had stayed in Gig Harbor."

In addition to Arkansas, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, UConn, Gonzaga, Washington, Washington State, Kansas and UNLV are in the mix.

"Of course, Arkansas is way up there for me, but I would have to say I am open right now," Trent said. "I think I will have a short list - maybe a real short list - right after the Real Deal."

He'll get the chance to see former Hawks teammates and current Razorbacks Michael Sanchez and Andre Clark as well as Fayetteville junior guard Fred Gulley.

"I have talked to Mike some and he seems to be really enjoying things there," Trent said. "It would be fun to play with those guys again in college and it will be fun to get back playing with Fred."

Gulley and Trent will be joined by Fayetteville forward Cable Hogue, Siloam Springs guard Coleson Rakestraw.

"I hear we are getting some big guy like 6-11 or 7-foot from California, too," Trent said.

Trent said the best thing about playing for the Hawks is head coach Bill Ingram.

"I love playing for Coach Bill," Trent said. "He expects you to give 110, 120 percent and that is what you want to give him. Coach Bill is a guy you like because he respects you and expects you to respect him and that's a great thing for a player."


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