The Forrest through the trees

Albeit a stalwart member of the Alabama Challenge this past year on the EYBL circuit, junior shooting guard Trent Forrest nevertheless has received suboptimal exposure.

A 6-4, 180-pound guard, Trent Forrest already is ahead of the curve physically. The 2016 prospect averaged 14 points and four rebounds per game this year for the Challenge, establishing himself as one of the more productive rising juniors competing at the 17-under level.

And yet, he didn't receive nearly the attention during that time as some of his counterparts. Not only did the Challenge field a struggling squad — they finished 6-10 and ninth (out of 10) in their brutally difficult EYBL division — Forrest's home in Panhandle Florida also isn't exactly a media hotbed.

"I'm a sleeper and I'm from Chipley (Fla.)," Forrest said laughingly, when asked why he lacks national publicity. "There aren't as many people there as in Orlando and places like that."

That said, the athletic, slashing wing — who has demonstrated a desire and capacity for outstanding defense — has compiled multiple high-major offers.

"Wichita State, Florida State, Miami, UCF, Tennessee and a lot of mid-majors (have offered)," Forrest said. "Florida has shown some interest, and I have Texas A&M and Stanford."

At this juncture, his recruitment appears to be a largely regional affair with the high-minded Cardinal — Forrest is a gifted student — also in pursuit.

Already a top-100 prospect, Forrest possesses a clear understanding of his strengths and weaknesses.

"Coaches like that I can play 'D' really well and get to the rack," he said. "I need to work on my shot and just need the repetition."

Forrest current ranks No. 70 in the junior class.


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