Huskies reel in a big one in Trent

With the graduation of Jon Brockman after this season, the Huskies are looking for a replacement to be a rebounding force inside. On Wednesday night, Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar and his staff got some great news when Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nv.) PF Clarence Trent gave them his pledge.

"He was happy and relieved," Trent told on Thursday. "I was like ‘I have some news' and he said ‘is it good news or bad news?' and I was like ‘I'll let you be the judge…I'm committing to you guys and I want to come to the University of Washington'.

"He didn't think I was serious at first and then I told him again and he was just really happy and relieved."

Trent is a native of the state of Washington, he prepped at Gig Harbor High School, and he ran into some difficulties with his academics. That's when he and his parents made the decision to head to Nevada and to put Trent's career in the hands of Todd Simon.

"We brought him in last year," Simon said. "He came over and came into our program and it was a process, like any of our guys, of getting him into our structured setting and he lived with my wife and I and we really enjoyed having him.

"He's a kid with a phenomenal heart, he really wants to do the right thing and he's receptive to learning and he very much wants to do great things. A lot of kids say that, but when he says it he means it."

Trent credits the move with helping him realize where his priorities should lie as well as how to become a man.

"Just going away from home and being away from your family for a long time, even though you go back for holidays, it makes you grow up a lot," Trent admitted. "It makes you realize you can do something and make yourself change and when I came out here I was like ‘I can't just go home if I want to', it's not like that.

"I would have had to get on a plane for two hours and I was out of money and there were times when I was homesick and I just had to suck it up and just stay with it. It makes you grow up and realize there's more out there for you.

"It wasn't the easiest route for me. I had some academic issues a while ago and it came back to haunt me, but prep school was the best decision I've ever made."

"Because these guys are a little larger than life on the court we forget that they're high school students that are evolving and learning," Simon added. "We've all been 18 before and you change considerably and that's all about growing up. We don't give you much of an option about growing up or not."

Trent has certainly grown up, both off the court in the classroom, as well as on the court with his overall game as well as in his body – he now tips the scales at 227 pounds on his 6-8 frame.

He had schools from across the country looking to bring him in, but after he narrowed down his list the process came down to two Pac 10 programs.

"I broke it down to my five and then I brought it down to Cal and Washington," Trent said. "From there I made a list of pros and cons about each school and then saw which pros were better than the cons and then I visited to see which one I liked more and which I liked better and I came back and decided on the University of Washington."

Trent was on campus last weekend and said he really got to know the school as well as his future teammates.

"My visit was good," Trent recalled. "I got to talk to a lot of the guys and hang out with the players and get to know the coaches a little bit more. I got to get used to the guys and how they are on the floor and I got to meet with the academic people and they just made me feel more comfortable.

"I want to major in sports medicine and I didn't know they had one of the best sports medicine (programs) in college and I got to see that. I never really saw the dorms and the buildings and stuff like that because I just came to the games, so this time I got to see the campus and stuff."

As far as the open runs at Hec Ed, Trent said he wasn't surprised by how good the players were – he admits he already knew that – but he was taken aback by how intense the runs were.

"Nobody really surprised me because I knew most of them and how they play," Trent said and then added, "but, it was good because even though it was pickup how hard they want and how competitive they stayed even though they knew it was pickup, but they kept laughing and stuff. It did surprise me how hard they played."

Trent is on pace with his schoolwork to enroll at Washington next September and he said he's very close to getting the test score he needs.

We'll continue to track his progress and update things as they happen, but in the meantime, Washington has its power forward of the future.

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