Gary Trent Jr. was one of the most dominant players on the prestigious Nike EYBL and is No. 3 in the league in scoring averaging 22.2 points a game. Prolific Prep’s (Napa, Calif.) 6-foot-6 shooting guard recently committed to Duke. Now Trent, a five-star recruit in the ESPN 100, 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 world this is Trent’s Truth and this is the defining moment of my recruitment process!
I just picked Duke live on ESPN, and, man, I can’t tell you how happy I am!
I dreamed of having this moment ever since I was a kid, just being able to announce which school I’d be going to.
I picked Duke because of Coach K.
He’s a brand himself and his track record is amazing. He’s the winningest coach of all-time and I truly believe that he can do nothing but improve and benefit my life in every way, shape and form.
I really believe that he’s gonna help me grow into a great basketball player, but, also, an even greater young man.
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Also, I had a strong bond with Coach Capel who was recruiting me and that factored in a lot to the decision.
I think the biggest thing that did it for me was when Coach K was telling me stories of his interactions with players and how he helped different players.
For example, he told me a story when he was coaching USA Basketball about how he pulled Kobe Bryant into his hotel room and told him he needed to pass the ball more. Not a lot of coaches, on any level, can say they told Kobe Bryant that he needed to pass the ball more and have Kobe listen to him. If you can make Kobe Bryant change his whole game based on what you said, that’s big. If you have respect from Kobe Bryant to that level, that’s really saying something.
That’s the coach I wanted to play for.
Little things like that are what, ultimately, did it for me.
I can’t tell you guys how hard it was to come to a decision though!
All three of the schools were all top of the line and tremendous and I really loved them all.
The sad thing about this process is that you can only choose one school.
With UCLA, I love Coach (Steve) Alford, I love Coach (David) Grace, I loved everything that they had going on there; it’s a great program, it’s in L.A. with the big lights, great weather!
With Michigan State, I love Coach (Tom) Izzo, he’s a Hall of Famer, I have nothing but the utmost respect for he and his staff. Over the last few months I built a great relationship with Coach (Mike) Garland and I really loved everything about the school.
What I had to do was remove the emotions from the decision because if I didn’t I would’ve never been able to do it. I had to look at it like a business decision and which school would improve my life.
I really felt like Duke was that school for me.
So for a long time me and my boy Wendell (Carter) have been talking about playing together in college and now that I’m at Duke I’m going to do whatever I can to make that happen.
I’m gonna actually shoot him a text today and talk to him about how special we could be at Duke together.
At the same time, our friendship is bigger than basketball; so if he and his family feel that it’s in his best interest so play somewhere else I understand that 100 percent.
But, like I said, I’m gonna try and make it happen.
I’ll be in his ear every week and Kevin Knox’s as well.
I need those guys with me.
This whole situation is a blessing, but it feels good to be able to take a deep breath and go through my senior year without having to constantly answer questions about where I’m going.
OK world, again, this has been Trent’s Truth and I appreciate you reading as always!
I’ll have more updates about how the season is going in the next couple of weeks.
Let’s go Duke!
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