Feature photo courtesy of Steven Counts.
Five-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. thanks his father, former NBA player Gary Trent Sr., for much of what he knows.
When the younger Trent was 5, Gary Trent Sr. took him to learn the game of basketball. They went to a track and Trent Jr. dribbled around the track for a mile, doing 10 pushups and 10 sit-ups every 100 meters.
“We did nothing but dribbling for the first year,” said Trent Jr.
Over time, Trent Jr. realized that basketball is something that he’s good at. Now, as a senior at Prolific Prep in Napa, California, with over 20 offers to play in the collegiate level, Trent Jr. is ranked first in the country for his position and eighth overall by ESPN.
Of his many offers, the first of which he received his freshman year, Trent Jr. has narrowed down his list. He named Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, Arizona and UCLA as his top five schools.
About these options, Trent Jr. said, “they’ve all been successful in the past and they all can help me reach my goals I want to accomplish in the long run, academically and athletically.”
Academically, Trent Jr. hopes to pursue a degree in a medical field, naming pharmacy and physical therapy as options for his studies. However, he noted that he hopes to go pro after his first year of college.
Trent Jr. plans to announce his decision in November at the beginning of his senior season. Once his decision has been made, Trent Jr. will be able to focus on what he wants his team to accomplish this season: going undefeated.
“I don’t want to lose one game. I hate losing,” he said.
The “hate to lose” mentality is clear. His commitment to reaching his goals is, according to his father, “insatiable.”
“His mindset allows him to work hours upon hours on his skill,” said Trent Sr. “I believe everything starts with your mindset.”
Of course, this mindset isn’t the only quality of a highly skilled player such as Trent Jr. He described his strengths as “not just being one dimensional, but being multidimensional.”
“My strengths are being able to be a combo guard, being able to score, being able to find my teammates, basically being an all-around player,” Trent Jr. said.
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