Player Card – Gary Trent Jr.

Gary Trent Jr., showed so much potential at the Breakdown Classic that he's in the ELITE 25.

Gary Trent Jr., showed so much potential at the Breakdown Classic that he’s in the ELITE 25.

Nike Elite 100. St. Louis.

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Gary Trent Jr.  (Apple Valley, Minn.), Howard Pulley / Apple Valley  – 2017
Height: 6’4″

Position: Shooting Guard
Committed College: Duke
Star Grade:

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 By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @BrandonClayPSB

Date: May 29, 2016
Evaluator: Brandon
Location: Nike Boys EYBL Session IV (Atlanta, GA)

Trent Jr. can flat out score the ball. He’s a guy who produces even better with a lead guard like Tre Jones on the floor. Jones was out this weekend with an injury. That said, Trent Jr. is averaging 22.2 points, 6.2 rebounds a game.

Date: June 19, 2015
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.)

Next to DJ Harvey, Trent is the best shot maker that I have seen in the class this year. His high, quick release allows him to shoot accurately even while under pressure. He demonstrated those abilities once again in one of the nation’s premier settings.

Date: June 18, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.)

Trent is a strong-framed guard who continues to show himself as a premier option on the perimeter. Fresh off of a U16 USA Gold Medal, Trent Jr. made shots from the outside and is a knockdown shooter regardless of the setting.

Date: May 28, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: USA U16 Trials (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Trent Jr. has shot the basketball well since the first time that we saw him play. The most impressive aspect of his game here was the ability to make plays defensively. Trent Jr. even posted his man up in the midpost to catch, attack and score.

Date: May 25, 2015
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Nike EYBL (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Trent Jr. demonstrated toughness and skill in the circuit’s final game versus CIA Bounce. He scored in post up situations while also creating in the isolation situation. His calling card is his jumper where he can get it off quickly with accuracy both off the catch in the half-court or in transition. He finished the regular season circuit leading the league with 22 points per game. He shot near 40% from the arc while hauling down 4 and half rebounds per game. His consistency has made him one of the premier shooters in the class.

Date: May 23, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike EYBL (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Simply put, Trent Jr. was awesome in this eval. He went toe-to-toe with classmate DJ Harvey not backing down from the challenge. Trent Jr. is a shooter by specialty but also got into the lane on a couple of trips. Defensively, he guarded VJ King effectively as well.

Date: December 6, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Breakdown Classic  (Hopkins, Minn.)

Trent Jr., has definitely established himself as one of the premier spot shooters in the class nationally. This eval was more of the same as he knocked down multiple jumpers. Trent Jr. hasn’t shown himself to be a consistent space creator off of the bounce at this point.

Date: June 14, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike Elite 100 Camp  (St. Louis, Mo.)

Trent Jr. wasn’t as impressive here as he was in December but is still a top flight caliber two guard in the class. He made a couple of outside shots and even got into the lane to finish at the time. That said he wasn’t as impactful as classmate D.J. Harvey (MD) during the camp.

Date: December 7, 2013
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Breakdown Classic  (Hopkins, Minn.)

This was a HUGE stage for a freshman with almost 4,000 people in the gym. Grant Jr. not only didn’t back down, he seemed to thrive in the moment. In that way, he has an uncanny coolness. He can shoot the corner 3-pointer as well as any kid that I’ve seen early this high school season. He made the play of the night on the defensive end making a shot then sprinting to the other end to make a clean block on the other end.

Highlights of Trent Jr. from NBPA Top 100 Camp Highlights 

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Brandon-Clay-Bio-2Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and serves on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and the HS Boys / Girls All-American Team Board of Selectors. He is also the Director of Scouting for the National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach him at [email protected]
HEMI-HEAD-SHOTJonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at [email protected] and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB