Gary Trent Jr. was the most dominant player on the prestigious Nike EYBL this summer, leading the league averaging 22.1 points a game. That kind of production has a who’s who of college basketball heavyweights like Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas, Michigan State, and many others, all giving intense chase. Trent, a rising junior shooting guard at Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.) who is ranked No. 9 overall in the ESPN 60, has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.
What’s up everybody this is Trent’s Truth with another installment for USA Today!
Just giving you guys a little update on me and everything I’ve got going on.
Today is the big day; the day that I’ve been waiting for all year: We open our season against Chanhassen and we’re ready!
We’ve got the target on our backs after winning the state title last season, but all we’re worried about is coming out there and asserting ourselves the right way and whatever happens happens.
I think if we come out and play the way we’re capable of playing then we’ll be successful.
The first couple weeks of practice we went straight into it; no games, everything has been at 100 percent. We’ve been beating up on each other in practice, but now we get to take it out on other teams.
I saw that I made the preseason ALL-USA team for USA Today and that was just an honor to even be mentioned with those great players. I feel like being on that list is a great responsibility too because now you’ve gotta prove that you deserved to be on it. It motivates me to want to be at the top of that list so I’m ready to put in the work.
The recruitment has been really steady.
I took visits to Duke and Kentucky and I had a great time.
First, I went to Kentucky and I got to see the university as a whole.
I loved it. I think the thing that stood out the most was the facilities. The locker room looked like an NBA locker room. It’s as big as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ and I know that because my dad is an assistant coach there. It’s crazy that they have all that, but I would definitely say that stood out to me.
I talked to Coach Calipari about my goals and life at Kentucky and what it takes to play there. I felt like I got an even better understanding of everything.
When I went to Duke it was really cool because my boy Wendell (Carter) was there visiting too and, of course, y’all already know that we’re planning to play together in college.
The feel at Duke is just crazy; it really feels like a college, like Harry Potter! I liked it a lot. The buildings and the campus were beautiful!
I had the opportunity to sit with the Cameron Crazies during the game because they called us over to sit with them. That was different, but I liked it; they’re all hilarious and crazy for their team so I loved it.
We had individual meetings with Coach K and they went good.
I think it would be cool to have the No. 1 recruiting class, but it’s not gonna factor into my decision. It’s all about what fits with each player. I will say that I definitely look the schools that get a bunch of great players and think to myself what made them all want to go there. I definitely think about that.
I’ve been watching a lot of NBA games and how can you not be impressed with the Warriors, right? Curry’s playing at a level that can’t be touched right now. I don’t know what he did over the summer, but it’s crazy.
The team that I watch the most is the Timberwolves because, like I said earlier, my dad is an assistant with player development so I’ve had the opportunity to see them a lot.
It’s definitely a blessing to be able to see that up close because that’s my dream to get to that level. I don’t think most guys understand how hard you have to work to get to that level.
Every possession they’re going 100 percent. Going there and seeing that all the time really just motivates me to want to go even harder.
OK, away from basketball, I must say that school is going pretty good. I stay on top of my grades!
Of course we’ve got Thanksgiving coming up Thursday and you already know I’m gonna get it in at the table. I’m gonna eat up some collards, turkey, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, everything! I’m definitely looking forward to that.
I went to go see the new Hunger Games movie and I thought it was OK. I don’t think it was as good as the last one, but still a good movie. I plan on going to see that James Bond movie and definitely Creed too so I’ll let you know in the next blog what I thought.
Of course I have to keep restating this in all my blogs, but I’m the NBA 2K god!
My last victim, about 20 minutes before writing this, was Gary Trent Sr. Haha!
He got Shaq and Kobe so I had to use Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. I ended up winning by 15; I was disappointed that I didn’t win by 20, so, in a sense, I lost!
OK, guys, again, this is Trent’s Truth and that’s another one in the books.
Check back soon for my next one!
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