Five-star Gary Trent commits to Duke

The Duke Blue Devils picked up their second pledge of the 2017 class on Thursday, as they added five-star guard Gary Trent.

Five-star recruit Gary Trent verbally committed to Duke, he tells Scout.

“In the fall of 2017 I’ll be attending Duke University,” he said. “The reason I chose Duke University is the track record behind coach K, the brand behind K and that Duke basketball is top of the line.

“The way they run their whole program and how they run it today, is among the best, if not the best,” Trent continued. “I’m glad that I can event have the opportunity to be apart of something that special.”

Trent took his official visit to Duke the weekend of October 22nd. He also took official visits to UCLA the weekend of September 24th and Michigan State the last weekend of October.

“I’ve always had the thought,” he said when asked when he knew Duke was for him. “But when I know it was the exact place, I’d say a couple of weeks ago. After seeing all the schools and what [Mike Krzyzewski’s] done and what he’s been through and who he’s coached and who he talks to, just all of the above wrapped it up and made it the distinct place for me.”

Trent, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, said he’s built relationships with the entire coaching staff and that is among the reasons this become an easy decision.

“Over the last couple of months I got to know everybody pretty well,” he said. “Everybody is funny and I have good camaraderie with them. I talk to them and we joke a lot. I love them and I’m glad that I can get coached up by them.”

Trent’s official visit to Duke sticks out to him, as he learned the ins and outs of their program.

“Just how they run their whole program,” he said when asked what stuck out the most. “I had the opportunity to see them practice on my visit. Everything is top of the line, almost too perfect in a second. From how they run their practice to how the ball boys stand around the court and wait for the ball and just how they whole team pays attention to detail and listens to what coach says. Certain things he says, it’s just crazy what he says and how he says it. It just draws you in.”

Trent, who won a Gold Medal with the USA Basketball FIBA u17 World Championship team, is known for his ability to score. Trent is ranked the No. 12 overall prospect and the No. 2 shooting guard in the 2017 class.

“I see myself coming in, playing my game how I’ve been playing my whole AAU career,” Trent said. “That’s how they want me to play. That’s what they talked about me doing. They want me to come in and be who I am and play the brand of basketball that I know of play.”

Next up for Trent is to recruit his friends and Duke targets to join him in Durham. Wendell Carter and Kevin Knox sit atop the list.

“I’m going to stay in [Wendell’s] ear and Kevin Know as well,” he said. “I’m going to stay in their ear. But at the end of the day they are going to do what’s best for their families and we all understand that.”

Trent is the second 2017 recruit to commit to Duke. Trent joins four-star guard Alex O’Connell to make up their current class.

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