2016 Intro: Trent Forrest

Albeit playing for an Alabama Challenge squad that's struggling on the EYBL circuit, Forrest has earned high-major priority status — even if that status hasn't yet manifested.

With so many options during each timeslot at any given EYBL event, many understandably have overlooked rising junior guard Trent Forrest. And that's definitely a shame, because Forrest quietly pieced together a highly impressive spring.

Forrest leads the Alabama Challenge in scoring with 16 points per game, and he's getting better seemingly at each event. Last weekend in Hampton, he averaged 23 points per contest in his four games on an efficient 61 percent from the field. There aren't many players in the EYBL performing at that level, and definitely not from the Class of 2016.

So what's the deal? How has Forrest slipped through the cracks?

First, to reiterate the point, he stepped up his game to a higher level last weekend. He'd been solid previously but took on the look of a potential star in Hampton.

He primarily stands out thanks to his athleticism and strength. Forrest made the most of his opportunities, eschewing three-pointers in favor of attacking the basket off the dribble. He excels in the open court and, especially for his class, is a powerful finisher in traffic.

He's also a tough guy. Forrest, standing only 6-4, actually averaged five rebounds per contest last weekend. He doesn't hesitate to stick his nose into situations and draws numerous free throw attempts, including 16 in one contest versus the Spiece Indy Heat.

Playing for a struggling team can be frustrating, but Forrest also deserves credit for continuing to play hard — and thrive — in adverse competitive conditions. He has buoyed the Challenge at times and had his best outing (27 points, 8-13 FG) in the squad's lone victory of the weekend. That's the kind of gamesmanship that will attract more widespread interest.

Already, Forrest holds reported offers from Florida State and Tennessee, with interest from numerous others.


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