Name: Gary Trent Jr.
School: Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Shooting Guard
Just days after Gary Trent Jr. announced that he’d be transferring from Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.) to Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) for his senior year, he had a matter-of-fact answer for this simple question: Now that you’re a Pilot, what’s the goal?
“A national title,” Trent said. “No question. I want to win it all. I’m putting everything into that.”
As one of the fiercest competitors in the country, regardless of class, that statement shouldn’t be taken lightly by other team’s legitimately in the hunt for the DICK’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals trophy.
“When I put my mind to accomplishing a goal, I usually achieve it,” said Trent, who is ranked No. 9 overall in the ESPN 100. “I pride myself in how hard I work. I don’t like to lose.”
Good thing for Trent, losing isn’t a regular occurrence.
This summer, Trent led Howard Pulley (Minn.) to a dominant Nike Elite Youth Basketball League regular season. The Panthers’ first loss came during the fourth and final session of the EYBL, which most consider to be the toughest of the summer circuits. Trent finished third in scoring (22.2 ppg.).
In two years at Apple Valley, Trent led the Eagles to a 60-4 record; they won a state title in 2015.
Last season, Trent averaged 26 points per game and led the Eagles to the state semis.
“He has that killer instinct in a good way on the court,” ESPN basketball recruiting director Paul Biancardi said. “He plays to win all facets and it’s obvious in watching him that winning is the only goal. He’s a gifted scorer, one of the best in the country. That killer instinct is something you notice right away watching him.”
Trent’s competitive edge comes from his father Gary Trent Sr., who had a nine-year NBA career, and this simple realization: “I hate to lose more than I like to win.”
“I hate losing; I hate it!” Trent Jr. said. “I’ve always been the best player ever since I started playing, whether it was basketball or football or soccer. I just hated hearing the other person bragging about beating me. I never wanted to give them that chance, so in everything I do I try and come in first.”
That, in essence, is his master plan for bring the Pilots their first DICK’s Nationals title since 2012.
“There’s just no other option for me other than winning another championship,” Trent said. “No matter what they need I’m gonna do it, whether it’s leadership, scoring, defending, whatever. I just don’t give myself any other options besides winning.”
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