Gary Trent Jr.

Summer mixtape of five-star Class of 2017 wing Gary Trent Jr. (VIDEO)

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Five-star Class of 2017 wing Gary Trent Jr. has already proven himself as one of the best scorers in the country as he led the Nike EYBL in scoring this spring. The son of former NBA veteran and Ohio star Gary Trent — aka the “Shaq of the MAC” — Trent Jr. has quickly made a name for himself as a very good player.

Here’s some footage of the talented 6-foot-4 native of Minnesota from this summer from Courtside Films. Rivals currently regards Trent Jr. as the No. 10 overall player in the class.

2017 prospects Trae Young, Gary Trent Jr. trade baskets at NBPA Top 100 Camp (VIDEO)

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Saturday marked the final day of the NBPA Top 100 Camp, which was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, and two of the top guards in the Class of 2017 engaged in an entertaining duel during the final minutes of the consolation game. Trae Young and Gary Trent Jr., with the latter being less than a week removed from helping the United States win the FIBA Americas U16 championship, went shot for shot with each make being more difficult than the one before.

Above is video of the matchup courtesy of Hoop Diamonds, and there’s also the bonus of an emphatic one-handed dunk by 2016 small forward (and Baylor commit) Mark Vital.

United States comes back to win FIBA Americas U16 gold medal

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Entering Sunday’s FIBA Americas U16 gold medal match with Canada the United States had never lost a game in the brief history of the event, going 19-0 with the majority of those wins being by comfortable margins. But they were definitely challenged by a Canadian squad led by the tournament’s top rebounder in 2018 forward Simi Shittu, as Canada led 19-3 at the end of the first quarter with the Americans shooting 1-for-17 from the field.

The United States trailed by as much as 20 (23-3) before turning things around, with 2017 prospects Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr. and Jarred Vanderbilt leading the way. They eventually took their first lead of the game in the third quarter, grabbing control of the game in the final six minutes and winning by the final score of 77-60.

However the final margin, coming as a result of the United States closing the game on a 28-5 run, is not a true indicator of how tough the game was.

Shittu led Canada with 18 points and 14 rebounds, with Rowan Barrett Jr. adding 13, and early on they managed to limit the easy looks the United States was able to find against lesser competition. But Vanderbilt (19 points, ten rebounds) served as the catalyst in the second quarter, with Trent Jr. (19 points, six rebounds) and Carter stepping forward in the second stanza.

Both teams struggled with turnovers, combining for 49, but the United States was able to get better looks in the second half and ultimately finished with 46 points in the paint to Canada’s 30.

USA U16 team goes 3-0 in pool play at FIBA Americas, rolls to semifinals

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USA Basketball’s U16 team started 3-0 in pool play at FIBA Americas this week in Argentina. The Americans average was of victory was above 51 points per contest as the depth, athleticism and skill of the group was too overwhelming for Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Since the USA group is so deep, other teams often stay somewhat close for a quarter before a second-quarter surge pushes the Americans to a huge halftime lead.

The team set a record for 3-pointers made in a single game at the event by going 19-for-44 (43 percent) in a win over the Dominican Republic, led by Class of 2017 guard Gary Trent Jr.’s seven 3-pointers and 25 points.

Class of 2017 big man Wendell Carter went for 21 points and 11 rebounds while Class of 2018 forward Jalen Hill had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Brazil to push the team into the semifinals. In the opening game, Class of 2017 guard Markus Howard went for 19 points on 62 percent shooting.

USA has already qualified for the U17 FIBA World Championships by placing in the top four for this years FIBA Americas. The Americans now will play host Argentina (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. EDT on June 13 for a right to play in the title game on June 14.

Houston EYBL Day 2: Harry Giles, Gary Trent Jr. have huge days

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HOUSTON — The third session of the Nike EYBL continued with a full day of hoops on Saturday as Class of 2016 five-star forward Harry Giles showed why he’s a strong contender for No. 1 in the class while Class of 2017 wing Gary Trent Jr. continued his ridiculous weekend of scoring.

Harry Giles makes a statement with his Saturday play

North Carolina native and five-star forward Harry Giles arrived in Houston on Saturday morning looking to make his case for the No. 1 spot in the Class of 2016 national rankings. After missing Friday night’s Team CP3 game because of a test he had to take at school, Giles made his presence felt in a huge way in two games on Saturday.

During the morning’s first session of games in a win over Mokan, Giles was completely dominant, going for 28 points, 11 rebounds and two steals while shooting 12-for-16 from the field. Giles did a little bit of everything in the win and he played incredibly hard on both ends throughout the contest while controlling the interior.

In a night session win over Seattle Rotary, Giles continued his ridiculous play, going for 24 points and 17 rebounds while going 9-for-18 from the field.

While some other elite prospects have had up-and-down spring grassroots seasons — Giles included — this Saturday session was a tremendous day for Giles and at 6-foot-10, he does so much on the floor that makes him an elite prospect. Rivals currently rates Giles as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2016 and he’s going to make a hard push for No. 1 now that he’s healthy and playing without the knee brace he wore after recovering from his torn ACL.

Gary Trent Jr. puts up ridiculous scoring numbers

Class of 2017 guard Gary Trent Jr. will always be tied to his famous father, who carved out a NBA career as a 6-foot-8 forward who was known as the “Shaq of the Mac.” Trent Jr. is only a 6-foot-4 guard, but he’s scoring at an elite level in the EYBL this spring and he’s putting in buckets at a ridiculous rate this weekend in Houston.

Regarded as the No. 45 prospect in the Class of 2017 national rankings, according to Rivals, Trent Jr. pumped in 33 points and six steals in a loss to Southern Stampede while scoring another 33 points in the night session in a win over Alabama Challenge.

For the weekend, Trent Jr. is averaging 36 points per game after a 43-point performance in a win on Friday night over the Travelers. While his scoring numbers have been outstanding, Trent Jr. could stand to improve as a passer. Simply put: he doesn’t find teammates very often. Once he learns to balance scoring and distributing, Trent Jr. will be a well-rounded guard.