Forrest has two pursuing hardest

This season has been kind to Trent Forrest thus far. The 2016 wing competes at class 1A Chipley High in the Florida Panhandle and thus doesn’t get widespread media attention, but over the past year he has proved himself to be a national talent.

Quietly, Trent Forrest constructed a strong 2014 travel campaign with the Alabama Challenge. Competing against older opponents on Nike’s EYBL circuit, Forrest averaged 14 points and four rebounds per contest.

He entered the 2014-15 season as the No. 70 prospect in the junior class and has taken a confident approach to his junior year.

”Things have been good, we’ve been winning a lot,” Forrest said. “We’re trying to get back to Lakewood (for the state tournament) again.”

Forrest is a strong, athletic wing forward capable of creating for himself off the dribble or finishing in transition. He’s able to score through contact and can knock down medium-range jump shots. Playing for a small school, he also understands that his team will need him to provide a variety of functions simply based on the limitations of its roster.

”I’m playing pretty well, doing all-around things,” Forrest said. “I’m the tallest dude on the team so I have to do a lot of different things.”

Following his junior year, he plans to head back out on the EYBL circuit with the Challenge. He’s also planning to focus on the spring and summer and begin to narrow down his list following that period.

”I’m going to wait until AAU is over,” he said. “Everything has been steady (in recruiting.)

Not surprisingly, in-state programs are expressing the most interest.

Florida State and Florida are after me the most,” he said. “Florida State has offered and Florida is on me real hard.”

Forrest isn’t limiting himself to those two options, of course, and although he has a cousin who played football for the Seminoles, no one school appears to hold a prohibitive advantage. Over the next several months, however, multiple programs will battle it out to establish exactly that.


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