2006 Focus: Trent Boone

Trent Boone has always been stronger than his size, so it's only natural that coaches stuck him out of position and in the paint. Now, the South Garland (Texas) junior is finally getting a chance to move to the perimeter - and he's excelling.

The transformation is ongoing for Trent Boone. He began as a center, moved to power forward and now is learning how to play on the perimeter.

One thing is for certain: The South Garland (Texas) 6-3, 220-pound junior is tough as nails and gets plenty done.

Boone, who averaged 15.7 points and 5.7 boards per game last season as a sophomore, is putting up 18 points per contest this season so far.

``He's extremely strong and thick," South Garland coach David Lay said. "He's so physical and has tremendous work ethic. He was a five-man when he first got here and now he's in-between a three and a two. He's just so much stronger than everyone, so people always threw him on the block."

``He goes to the basket so hard," added Lay. "He's come so far from day one to today. His three-point shot has gotten so much better."

Boone has no problem overpowering smaller defenders, and he uses his quickness to get past bigger players in getting to the basket. He also showed at the recent Academy National Invitational that he was more than capable of knocking down the perimeter shot.

``I'm working hard on my ballhandling and my shot is coming along," Boone said.

Boone played with more publicized guys like Darrell Arthur and Bryan Davis for the under-16 Team Texas squad a year ago and will get more exposure this summer with the under-17 group.

He said that SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Florida State, Nebraska and St. John's are some of the schools in pursuit. Lay added Oklahoma State, Miami and Colorado State to that group.

``I don't really have a leader or anything like that," Boone said. "I haven't really been watching them play on TV. I want to watch the season first."

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