Trent Jr. leads EYBL in scoring

HOUSTON -- Junior guard Gary Trent Jr., was a big name heading into the spring circuit, but he's further established himself as one of the elite shooters in high school basketball with his impressive play through three EYBL sessions.

It’s not often a junior-to-be leads the Nike EYBL in scoring, but that’s the case after Gary Trent Jr., scored 122 points in four games with Howard Pulley this past weekend.

Trent Jr.’s best effort was a 43-point outburst on Friday evening against the Kentucky Travelers, where he buried eight of 12 three-point attempts, plus scored off mid-range pull-ups, drives to the rim and in transition.

He pumped in 33 points in each of his two games on Saturday and for the weekend shot an outstanding 19-for-35 from behind the three-point line.

“I’ve been playing pretty well,” Trent Jr., said. “Everything is coming together for me. I’m starting to jump a little higher and move a little faster.”

Through 12 games in the EYBL, Trent is averaging 24.4. points a game and shooting 43.4% from three on 99 attempts.

“I just keep high intensity on offense and defense,” he added when asked about his game. “Being able to score all over the floor and find teammates.”

Trent was recently selected as one of the few 2017 prospects to USA Basketball U16 tryouts, which will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the end of the month.

“I can’t wait,” Trent said. “It’s been a dream ever since I was little to represent my country so hopefully I can go to tryouts and make the team.”

Although just a sophomore, Trent has started to attract college interest.

“It’s going pretty good,” he said. “Most recent offers I got were from Michigan State and Ohio State.”

Trent also cited scholarship offers from Minnesota, Providence, Texas Tech and Alabama. He said he hasn’t taken any college visits yet.

“I grew up every year just watching coaches how they coach and what they do and how they get players to the next level,” Trent said. “I just soak it all up.”

Trent’s father, who has the same name, played in the NBA for nearly 10 years and was a three time MAC Conference Player of the year at Ohio.

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