Seminoles prioritizing Forrest

Rising senior wing Trent Forrest finds himself in a unique situation this spring. He changed EYBL teams, switching from the Alabama Challenge to the Georgia Stars. The Florida Panhandle native now competes for one of the most talented, yet oddly constructed teams on the travel circuit.

The Stars feature three centers in the starting lineup — Abdul Ado (more on him below), Udoka Azubuike and Wendell Carter — and all three carry blue-chip accolades.

A top-75 talent himself, Trent Forrest succeeded at the Hampton EYBL event despite not having much room to operate as a slasher — clearly where he excels most.

”It’s different because we’re playing with three bigs so that was something to adjust to,” Forrest said, “but they all have high basketball IQs and know how to jell together.”

Forrest is accustomed to winning. His Chipley (Fla.) High team captured the state title a few weeks ago, and the junior played a critical, all-encompassing role.

”I think I did really well individually,” Forrest said, “but mostly we just came together at the right time at the end of the season.”

Forrest projects as an excellent defender for the college level. He’s strong, athletic and physical, and he possesses solid 6-4 height for the wing. He’s playing shooting guard for the Stars, but I might prefer him as a wing forward for college who could defend either wing spot.

Forrest is at his best in the open floor

He historically has struggled with his jump shot on the EYBL circuit, and last weekend was no different. He missed both of his three-point tries, preferring to get out in transition or take advantage of the infrequent opportunities to attack an open lane. Despite the challenges, he led the team in scoring at 11 points per game and shot an impressive 60 percent from the field, including 17-24 (71 percent) from the foul line.

Non-shooters may struggle at certain programs, but in an uptempo system that prioritizes wing athleticism, Forrest could develop into an outstanding, versatile contributor.

His list includes multiple high-major schools.

”I have Florida State, Providence, Louisville, Texas Tech and Texas A&M,” he said, adding that he'd inevitably left some schools off his list.

The Seminoles long have been considered a leader, and earlier this year he told me that they and Florida had recruited him hardest. (He didn’t list the Gators during this interview.)

For his part, when asked, Forrest definitely believes FSU would love to seal up a commitment early.

”Yeah, they’re trying to close it, but for now I’m just probably going to keep it open for a little while, just to weigh all my options,” he said.

Nevertheless, at this stage, it’s obvious that the Noles have made a strong impression on his recruitment. They tracked him closely in Hampton and, if there’s a leader, FSU would stand as the likely choice.

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