Checking In With Gary Trent

Five star 2017 scoring guard outlines his spring and the ramped up interest from Duke over the last few months.

CHICAGO -- Gary Trent Jr. has been one of the players in the Class of 2017 that Duke has focused on since the spring and Coach K and assistant coach Jeff Capel took in his game at the Nike Global Challenge on Thursday. Already sporting an offer from the Blue Devils, Trent is glad he can play in front of coaches to prove that leading the EYBL in scoring this spring was no fluke.

"Whenever you see coaches that are arguably some of the greatest ever at your games, it really just makes you play harder," Trent said.

While scoring is Trent's noted attribute at this point, he wants to prove to coaches this July that he is more than jut a scorer.

"I'm really an all-around player. I also play defense as well as offense. And just being able to play hard at all times [is something I want to prove]," Trent said.

So far at the Nike Global Challenge, Trent has been trying to adjust to playing with his talented USA Midwest teammates as they take on international competition.

"I think I've been playing pretty good. Really just adjusting to playing with new guys that I've never played with before and a new atmosphere and stuff like that," Trent said. "I'm just trying to soak it all up and take it one step at a time."

On the recruiting front, the Blue Devils are one of the schools currently on Trent the hardest in recent weeks.

"Duke, Kentucky and Ohio State," Trent said.

"[Duke] gave me an offer right when we came back from Argentina from USA. And Kentucky is just interested as of now. Ohio State has offered as well."

Trent told TDD that he would love to take a couple of visits this year, but none are scheduled at the moment. The recent conversation with Duke coaches has been positive for Trent as he's still in the early stages of trying to develop a relationship.

"It was great," Trent said of his talks with Duke coaches. "Soak it all up and they love my game and they want me to come to the university. So I just need to keep working hard."

The recent commitment of five-star wing Jayson Tatum in the Class of 2015 has made a positive impression on Trent as well. Tatum is a Nike Global Challenge teammate of Trent's this week -- although Tatum sat out on Wednesday.

"Just really shows that they get good players, high-major players, and make them successful over the years," Trent said of Tatum's commitment. "It really just shows the great tradition they have there."

Going over the recruiting process for Trent means focusing on developing good relationships with the people that will be apart of his college experience. Looking over the way the team plays will be important as well.

"Just a style of play. What it's about. When I go there and start building better relationships with people. When I start building bonds with coaches and players, that will determine the outcome," Trent said.

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