Moving Forward

Findlay Prep forward Clarence Trent (6-8, 230), who had a spectacular match-up Saturday night with UA commit Marshawn Powell (6-7, 225) at the Arkansas Elite Camp, remains very interested in the Razorbacks and will now move forward with setting up his five official visits for this fall.

Two of the nation's best power-type forwards – both prime Razorback recruiting targets - went toe-to-toe Saturday night at the University of Arkansas' Elite Camp.

Findlay Prep's Clarence Trent (6-8, 230) said he loved the match-up with Virginia Prep power forward Marshawn Powell (6-7, 225), who actually committed to the Razorbacks on Sunday at the conclusion of camp.

"We were just really going at each other and it was a lot of fun," Trent said. "He'd say something and make a play and then I would have to say something and come back. It was great competition, very intense but we both really like each other."

Arkansas would love to land both players and has a shot to do so per Trent, who has his list down to the Razorbacks, UNLV, California, Maryland and Washington.

"It was great for both of us," Trent said. "I am the type of power forward that can both drive and step out and shoot a little while Marshawn is more of an inside guy. The fact that he would be here doesn't really change anything with me."

Trent certainly got a recruiting pitch this weekend from the Arkansas coaches and players.

"Everyone is trying to get me here," Trent said. "It's crazy. Patrick (Beverley) and them are like, ‘let's do this now' and I tell them I just have to wait a little bit."

He certainly got a shot to look over things again at the University of Arkansas – a place the Washington native has made several trips to in the past three years.

He has played with the Arkansas Hawks AAU squad the past two seasons and spent his summers in the state.

"The facilities and great, especially the weight room," Trent said. "I love it. I love to lift. I am not as strong as I will be and think that would really help me when I am down low. I also think the workouts that (UA basketball strength) Coach Kelly (Lambert) does are probably the best you could do to get better."

He will begin to start setting up official visits soon.

"I will be doing that in the next couple of weeks, trying to figure out the dates and stuff," Trent said. "I am going to try and get that done pretty soon. I think I might be going to Cal on the weekend of the 30th of this month, but that is not a set date."

Trent admits he is looking forward to some rest after a July filled with tournament games and this camp the first three days of August.

"It's been a lot of basketball, a lot of working out," Trent said. "I am looking forward to getting home and getting some rest before I go back to school (on August 18)."

He will be returning to Findlay Prep – located in Henderson, Nevada – after a past season in which the squad went to the National Prep Tournament championship and lost by two points.

"Doing that was probably the best choice I have ever made in my life," Trent said. "Going there really helped me mature, helped me focus more on school. I am looking forward to another great year."

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