Trent's Breakout Spring Has Duke Interested

Gary Trent Jr.'s string of big performances throughout the EYBL spring season has a number of high majors upping their pursuit of him. Including the reigning national champions.

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been a breakout spring for Class of 2017 wing Gary Trent Jr. The son of former NBA veteran Gary Trent -- known as the "Shaq of the MAC" during his college days at Ohio -- Trent Jr. is starting to make a big national name for himself after leading the Nike EYBL in scoring this spring.

"I feel like I've played pretty good. Everything is starting to come together for me," Trent Jr. told TDD. "I'm starting to fill out my body a little more. Starting to get taller. Starting to get a little more bouncy and my jumper is coming together. Everything is coming together for me."

The 6-foot-5 native of Minnesota is only a three-star prospect right now, but he's due for a bump in the national rankings after averaging 22.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2 steals per game. The dynamite spring with Howard Pulley has led to numerous scholarship offers.

"[My] most recent scholarship offer I have is from Ohio State. Michigan State, Alabama, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Providence [have also offered]," Trent Jr. said.

Duke has also recently started to get in the picture for Trent and he noticed the presence of Blue Devil coaches at his games in April.

"Schools that have been showing the most interest during the live period has been Duke and Kentucky," Trent said. "They came to a couple of games and called my AAU coach and stuff like that."

Although Trent hasn't had much direct contact to this point with Duke's coaching staff, he's high on the program after his former high school teammate, Tyus Jones, helped the Blue Devils capture the 2015 national championship.

"[Duke is] great," Trent said. "I was a teammate of Tyus Jones, and I'm happy for him and what he's achieved."

The rising junior currently has no visits planned and he's going to wait and see how the July live evaluation period goes before deciding to tour any campuses.

"I'm going to see how many schools offer and see which schools are doing this-and-that at the end of the year. Hopefully, at the end, I'll take some visits in the fall," Trent said.

With a basketball-playing father helping with his decision, Trent is taking a deep look at the colleges recruiting him as he tries to navigate what he's looking for in the future.

"I just look at what the school has majors in and stuff like that. See what the program is like," Trent said. "What's the history of the program? The coach, the players? Who is going into that program as well."

Having his father help develop his game and go through the recruiting process has been a huge help to Trent Jr. and he's going to lean on his dad for advice with everything in the recruiting process.

"He helps with everything. Every move, every stepback, every jump shot, every free throw. Everything is him. I've been working with him since I was five years old," Trent said. "The recruiting process, he's always going to be in my corner telling me which situation I should be in and which situation I shouldn't be in. After that, I'm just going to listen to him."

Being around basketball has always been a big part of Trent's childhood and he got to spend plenty of time around NBA arenas meeting pros and learning the game. Some of his earlier memories involve meeting some of his favorite players.

"I've got a lot of great memories. Meeting great players like LeBron James and Yao Ming. I was scared of Yao Ming, actually," Trent said with a laugh. "I was crying when I was meeting him and stuff because I wanted to meet him so bad because I was playing with him in a video game. When I got the chance I was scared. Just meeting a lot of players and still talking to those players and being in touch with those players [is great]."

The biggest takeaway Trent had from meeting and talking to NBA players was the preparation those players put in to be great, something he hopes to emulate in the future.

"You could say [I learned] to just always trying to strive for greatness," Trent said. "Being good every single moment."

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