Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski got richer on Thursday night. That’s when class of 2017 five-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Blue Devils.
Trent made his decision while appearing on ESPNU’s Recruiting Nation show Thursday night.
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Trent, whose father was a star at Ohio University and played in the NBA, also spoke with Evan Daniels of Scout.com on why he chose Duke.
“In the fall of 2017 I’ll be attending Duke University,” he said. “The reason I chose Duke University is the track record behind coach K, the brand behind K and that Duke basketball is top of the line.
“The way they run their whole program and how they run it today, is among the best, if not the best,” Trent continued. “I’m glad that I can event have the opportunity to be apart of something that special.”
Trent, a 6’5”, 213-pound shooting guard from Napa, California (Prolific Prep) is rated as a five-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 11 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the second-best shooting guard in the country. 247Sports also regards Trent as the third-best basketball player in the state of California.
He chose the Blue Devils over strong interest from Michigan State and UCLA. Trent also owned offers from Arizona, Kentucky, Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon, Providence and Texas Tech. Purdue and Wisconsin also showed interest in Trent.
Trent will join four-star shooting guard Alex O’Connell in Duke’s 2107 recruiting class. It is a class 247Sports currently ranks as the 25th-best in the country and fourth among ACC teams.