UK Men's Basketball

UK hasn’t contacted five-star shooting guard in ‘very long time’

Gary Trent Jr. is one of the top shooting guards in high school basketball. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 12 overall prospect in the class of 2017.
Gary Trent Jr. is one of the top shooting guards in high school basketball. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 12 overall prospect in the class of 2017.

It became apparent over the summer that Kentucky had backed off of its recruitment of five-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. to focus on some more realistic options among class of 2017 prospects at that position.

Trent has continued to list the Wildcats among his top five schools, but his father — former NBA player Gary Trent — confirmed to the Herald-Leader this week that UK hasn’t been in contact recently.

“No Kentucky coaches have been to see Gary or contacted Gary in a very long time,” he said, adding that there are no hard feelings over the drop-off in contact.

UK Coach John Calipari has had in-home visits with 10 players from the class of 2017 since the fall recruiting period opened last Friday. His assistant coaches have been crisscrossing the country to meet with other top prospects, but no one from UK’s staff has been to see Trent Jr., a Minnesota native who recently transferred to Prolific Prep (Calif.) for his senior season.

Trent, one of the first players in the 2017 class to receive a scholarship offer from UK, was the leading scorer on the Nike summer circuit as a rising junior last year and is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 12 overall recruit in the class of 2017.

Duke has long been seen as the favorite for Trent, who could join up with friend and fellow five-star recruit Wendell Carter, another 2017 prospect expected to pick the Blue Devils. Arizona has also emerged in recent weeks as a possible frontrunner, and the full coaching staffs from both UCLA and Michigan State have visited Trent at his new school in the past few days.

Calipari has moved on to other wing players in the 2017 class, particularly Hamidou Diallo, Lonnie Walker and John Petty. The UK coach has had in-home visits with all three players since the fall period began last week.

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