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Top high school shooting guard includes UK on his list of five finalists

Minnesota native Gary Trent Jr. is considered one of the top shooting guards in the class of 2017. He will play his senior season of high school at Findlay Prep in Nevada.
Minnesota native Gary Trent Jr. is considered one of the top shooting guards in the class of 2017. He will play his senior season of high school at Findlay Prep in Nevada.

Five-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. included UK among his final five schools Tuesday, despite the Wildcats seemingly prioritizing other players at his position.

Trent — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Minnesota — is also considering Arizona, Duke, Michigan State and UCLA. The Blue Devils have been seen as the most likely landing spot for Trent, who has repeatedly said that he would like to play college ball alongside friend and fellow five-star recruit Wendell Carter, who is also considered a Duke lean.

247Sports ranks Trent as the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2017. He is leaving Apple Valley High School in Minnesota to play his senior season at national powerhouse Findlay Prep (Nev.), which also features top UK recruiting target P.J. Washington.

Trent averaged 25.9 points per game at Apple Valley last season and led the Nike league in scoring last summer. He’s one of the top perimeter scorers in the country.

The Wildcats’ coaches did not make Trent a priority recruit to watch at the Nike Peach Jam finals in South Carolina last month, and he acknowledged at that event that he has not had as much contact with UK as he has with other schools on his list.

Hamidou Diallo — the No. 1 shooting guard in the 247Sports composite rankings — is seen as a major UK priority, and fellow five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker recently said that the Cats are showing more interest in his recruitment this summer.

UK is also recruiting Alabama Mr. Basketball John Petty, who is projected as a shooting guard or small forward at the next level.

Trent told the Herald-Leader earlier this year that he’s planning to visit for Big Blue Madness in October, an event he attended last year as a high school junior.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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