The Gary Trent Jr. Blog: Ready for EYBL, March Madness picks, SAT prep and more

The Gary Trent Jr. Blog: Ready for EYBL, March Madness picks, SAT prep and more

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The Gary Trent Jr. Blog: Ready for EYBL, March Madness picks, SAT prep and more


Gary Trent Jr. was the most dominant player on the prestigious Nike EYBL last summer, leading the league averaging 22.1 points a game. He was equally dominant this past season at Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.) as a junior. 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 five-star shooting guard 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.

Gary Trent Jr.

Hey world, I’m back with Trent’s Truth again! I just want to give you guys an update on what all is going on in my life.

My Apple Valley team had a great season this year. We had a lot of ups and downs, but we pulled it together and made it to the Final Four.

Sadly, we weren’t able to pull it out and repeat as state champs, but I wouldn’t trade the time I had with my teammates during my junior season for anything.

I have to give credit to Hopkins, they came ready to play. They came out strong and they were clicking and we found ourselves down early. We fought back and came back, but then they pulled away again.

It was just their night.

Now it’s on to summer ball, and I cannot wait until that first session in Brooklyn.

We’ve got myself, Tre Jones, Theo John and some other talented players so I feel like we’ll have a chance to do some big things. I think we should make the Peach Jam and I think we’ll make a pretty strong run when we get there.

My goal, individually, is to be a better all-around player. I’m a work in progress and I need to work on everything from ball handling to shooting to defense to the mental aspect of the game.

I feel like I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m hungry!

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the McDonald’s All American Game next week too. Just seeing all of the guys I went head-up with living out their dreams and getting the notoriety that they deserve will be cool.

I’m definitely looking forward to playing with the adidas team in The Path. Basically it’s a team of players and we’ll travel all around the country and even out of the country to play in mini-camps and different things like that. It’s to help your game develop and help you get better. We’re meeting this weekend for the first time in Chicago and we’ll all watch the NCAA games together. I’m really looking forward to that.

I’ll see Virginia-Iowa State and Gonzaga-Syracuse too.

I can’t wait to see the games tonight. I’ve got Duke winning; it’s tough, but I can’t see Oregon stopping Brandon Ingram. I’ve got Oklahoma winning too.

We’ll see.

For me, it helps a school recruiting me to still be playing right now. I think that helps in a big way. Whenever you see a school having success at this point you can’t help but to want to be a part of that.

This year’s tournament has definitely had a lot of big upsets and what I take from that is that you’ve always, no matter what, bring it! At the end of the day, you’re playing against a D-I player so you have to bring it!

Another event I’m looking forward to this summer is USA Basketball.

I was fortunate enough to make the team last year when we won in Argentina. I loved everything about it. I’m gonna go out to Colorado Springs and tryout for the U17 team and hopefully I’ll make that and go to Spain.

The recruitment is going good. The teams that have been hitting me up the most lately are Ohio State, Michigan State, Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, UCLA and Minnesota. I’m thinking by mid-summer I’ll be ready to cut my list down.

Gotta finish strong in the classroom too, so that’s what I’m working on now. I just finished my second trimester with a 3.0 so that’s pretty good.

I’m taking the SAT in April and our whole school is taking prep classes so I’m getting ready!

Of course y’all know I’m still on anything Drake. I’ve had Work on repeat for I don’t know how long now. I started watching The Black List on Netflix too and that’s really good. I would recommend y’all checking that out.

I read my man Kevin Knox’s blog and I was hurt that he would lie to the people about being the best at NBA 2K. He’s a great friend and my teammate with USA Basketball, but I didn’t know he was a liar because everyone knows I’m the 2K god!

OK, everybody, once again this is Trent’s Truth; I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read and I’ll be back soon with the next entry.

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