The Duke basketball team received a commitment today from Gary Trent Jr., a 5-star shooting guard in the class of 2017.
Trent announced his decision as part of a Signing Day special on ESPNU and became the second shooting guard in Duke’s 2017 recruiting class, joining 4-star guard Alex O’Connell.
As the No. 2 shooting guard and No. 11 overall player in the 247Sports Composite for the 2017 class, Trent gives the Blue Devils their first of what will likely be multiple 5-star players in next year’s recruiting class who have the potential to be one-and-done.
At 6’6”, 205 pounds, Trent is known as one of the best all-around scorers in his class, with a strong perimeter shot and deceptively good mid-range game. He can also use his driving ability as an effective weapon to get to the free throw line.
Although he started his high school career at Apple Valley in Minnesota, the same school that produced former Duke guard Tyus Jones, Trent is spending his senior season at Prolific Prep in California in an attempt to face tougher competition and help him improve his game.
He selected the Blue Devils over Michigan State and UCLA, his two other finalists.
Trent comes with a basketball pedigree with his father Gary Trent Sr., having spent nearly 10 years in the NBA.
His commitment to Duke could also be the first of multiple 5-star 2017 dominoes to fall in favor of the Blue Devils. Trent has talked regularly about his hopes of teaming up in college with 2017 5-star power forward Wendell Carter.
An announcement from Carter is expected to come in the near future, and the Blue Devils are also viewed as the heavy favorites to land the 6’10” post player from Atlanta.
Hopefully this is the first step in seeing Gary Trent and Wendell Carter on the court together as Blue Devils in the 2017-18 season.
Congratulations and welcome to the Duke family, Gary!