Trent Lockett was a sixth man for Minnesota high school power Hopkins high last year, but you wouldn’t know it based on the recruiting attention he has received thus far. The 6-5 shooting guard already has offers on the table from Wisconsin, Marquette, Arizona State (he just visited there last weekend), Iowa State, Colorado State, and a handful of others. Recently the University of Michigan stepped up its interest as well. John Mahoney checked in on the rising prospect a few week’s back, and according to the youngster’s AAU coach, the new Michigan assistant was impressed by what he saw.
“Coach Mahoney came down, and he really liked the way Trent played,” said Net Gain Sports Coach Marquis Watts. “Michigan is very intriguing to him.”
The opportunity to play in the Big Ten, John Beilein’s system, and the Fab Five are all attributes that have piqued Lockett’s interest in the Maize & Blue. The youngster is interested in checking out Ann Arbor, but the visit will likely come a little further down the line.
“I have been talking with Coach Mahoney about coming down but right now we are visiting those schools who have offered,” Lockett explained. “I am hoping something can happen with Michigan”.
The Wolverines entered the fray a little later than some of Lockett’s other suitors, which explains why they’re still in the process of evaluating him. That, however, doesn’t diminish the Wolverines chances for this rising prospect. As it turns out, Lockett has long been enamored with the block M.
“I have been a fan of Michigan basketball,” said Lockett. “I like coach Beilein and the style of basketball that his teams play. Coach Mahoney talks to me about where he thinks I will fit into what they do. I am very interested in Michigan. Their academics fit me too.”
Lockett’s 3.92 grade point average is part of why Watts believes his talented pupil is so special.
“He could be the face of any program,” said Watts. “He is just a great kid who takes care of business in and out of the classroom”.
With more programs showing interest everyday and a number of campus visits still ahead, Lockett is in no hurry to decide on which college he wants to attend. At this point he is just taking his time and will make his choice, “whenever it feels right.”
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Lockett in the coming months.