Gary Trent Jr., who recently announced that he was transferring to Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), is 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. 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.
What’s world this is Trent’s Truth and we’re back at it again with another blog!
On June 10 I had the opportunity to go and tryout for the U17 USA Basketball team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I made the team and went to Spain with other 11 great players. Those guys pushed me beyond my limits and the coaches pushed me beyond my limits and we got it done!
This is my second gold medal and I’m just proud to be able to represent my country and fulfill our goal.
In our downtime there in Spain we just hung out together, joked around and saw the different sights and went to the mall and everything like that. B.J. Johnson did a great job of making sure we were always seeing or doing something. It was a great experience!
I had no rest time after that trip because I had to go right to Peach Jam!
That’s no excuse, I just sucked it up and tried to give everything I had at my last Peach Jam. Unfortunately, we didn’t win the championship; we lost two games in pool play and that hurt us, but the EYBL is the greatest league every created and I’m glad that I was a part of it.
So by now most people know that I decided to transfer from Apple Valley to Findlay Prep for my senior season. I’m definitely excited about the move!
It was really just to better myself on and off the court. Everything those past players have done there is what I’m trying to do. They’ve got a lot of guys that went on to star in college and are in the pros now so it was the best fit for me and my family.
Apple Valley is a great school with great academics and basketball, but, at the end of the day, I had to do what I felt was best for my development. Just getting pushed in practice by other D-I players is big and it’s something that will make you so much better in the long run.
Plus, me leaving home a year early will only prep me for college so that’s big for me too.
The goal at Findlay is always to win a national title and I think we’ve got a great chance at that.
We’ve got P.J. Washington there and he’s a great player who can do it all. Then Justin Roberts is another great player and Chris Giles it too. I’ve known both of those guys for years and I know that all of us and the other players we’ve got there will bring it in practice and we’ll have what it takes to get it done.
I go out to Findlay on August 20.
I fly out for my last AAU tournament of the summer today in Vegas and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve played AAU ball forever and I’m gonna try and go out with a bang!
Then I’m gonna leave there and hit the Drake concert and, if you read my blog, you already know how I feel about that!
I’ve got third row seats and everything so I’m excited! I’ll be singing every lyric to every song!
After that I go to the Nike Skills Academy, which is the best camp I’ve ever been to by far. And then I’ll go to adidas Nations and that’s it!
It’s been fun this summer and I know these last events will be fun too!
With my recruitment, I’m actually planning on cutting my list down this week or next week. I’m gonna cut it down to five schools. It’s just time to focus more on the schools I’m most interested in and start the process more seriously.
Wendell (Carter) and I are still planning to play together in college; we’re actually planning some visits together to a couple schools and we’ll plan some without each other. At the end of the day we want to play with each other; we feel like we’d be a great 1-2 punch, but we’ll do what’s best for us and our families too.
I would bet on us playing together though.
OK everybody, as always, I appreciate you taking the time to read Trent’s Truth. Check back soon because I’ll be back with another one.
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