2 - Gary Trent Jr.


  • Birthday: 1/18/99
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 205
  • Hometown: St. Paul, MN
  • High School: Prolific Prep
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NBA Comparison: Buddy Hield

Strengths: Strong 6’6, 215-pound body frame for an NBA 2-guard … Tough and physical swingman … Fundamentally sound player … Known for being a high level shooter, especially from beyond the arc … Compact and consistent jumper … Sweet shooting touch … Can shoot the three off screens or pull-up in mid-range spots … Impressive scoring instincts/shot-maker … Clutch player who wants the ball in his hands at the end of games ... Can finish through contact … Makes good use of floaters and improvised runners in the lane … Knows his strengths and plays with great technique … Not afraid of taking big shots in big situations … Can get hot from three by both spotting up and off the dribble … Has very good range on his jumper … Decent scorer off the dribble … Can score off the move and from all three levels … Excellent free throw shooter … A successful scorer in the open floor … A good scorer on straight line drives … Adequate playmaker … Uses his size to gain post position and to clear space for rebounding … Good rebounder … Plays with poise ... Exhibits solid decision making and passing ability … Can drive the ball effectively with either hand … Aggressive player and will crash the glass on both ends … When he’s locked in defensively and competing, he can move his feet and stay in front of his man … Strong enough to switch onto bigger players … Aggressive in playing the passing lanes … Has good instincts for coming up with steals … Built a reputation for being a high character kid and a leader ... Bloodlines and growing up around the game give him a leg up on competition ...

Weaknesses: Average run/jump athlete … Lacks explosiveness … Does not possess quick feet or lateral quickness… Plays mostly below the rim … Does not have an ideal combination of size, length, and leaping ability, which can make it hard for him to fight for rebounds or make plays at the rim at the next level … Can be a streaky shooter … Spotty shot selection at times … An inefficient scorer from inside the arc … Lacks an elite first step off the dribble … He’s not overly creative or explosive with the ball in his hands … Would rather bulldoze his way through opponents on his way to the basket … Lacking great speed, he relies heavily on his strength … Does not create for his teammates as much as you’d like to see … Can be categorized as a reluctant (or even bad) passer, often becoming too focused on scoring on offense … Decent, but not elite, ball-handler … Does not project as a great perimeter defender at the next level … Lacks fluidity in his movements for a wing player ... Gives inconsistent effort on the defensive end of the floor … May struggle to guard quicker and more athletic players in one-on-one situations …Will need to show that he can consistently excel on defense … Prone to gamble for steals …

Overall: Gary Trent Jr. is a potential first round pick in this year’s draft ... He has a strong frame and great confidence as a shooter ... Theoretically, he could fill the role of a 3&D at the next level ... But he’ll have to buy into that role first, as he’s shown to primarily place his focus on just trying to be a scorer ...

Notes: Son of former NBA player, Gary Trent, The "Shaq of the MAC" ... Attended Prolific Prep for his senior year in Napa, California ... Measured 6'6, 215 lbs with a 6'8.5 wingspan at the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit ... Measured at 6'3, 182 lbs, with a 6'4 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Elite 100 ... Measured 6’5.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’6.5’’ wingspan and 193 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy ...

Tajh Jenkins 4/1/18

Strengths: 6’6 shooting guard … Solid length with a 6’8.5 wingspan … Great shooter and prolific scorer. Finished third in the Nike EYBL in scoring with 22.2 points per game. Shoots very well from both midrange and three, can score from anywhere within the half court. Has range out to the NBA three-point line. Reliable free throw shooter, shot 85.3% over the Nike EYBL. Picks his spots well and doesn’t overcomplicate the game. Plays well in isolation and shows instincts as a scorer. Sets his feet quickly and is always squared up to shoot. Utilizes his effective pull up jump shot. Shoots well off the catch or dribble … Good touch on floater … Advanced footwork and use of pivots … Good understanding of the game and is always under control. Reads the defense and attacks the weak links. Draws fouls at a good rate. Knows who he is as a player. Plays within himself and sound fundamentally. Doesn’t over dribble. Moves well without the ball … Patient offensively … Positions himself well on both ends … Good strength level. Can post up other guards. Shows a turnaround jumper. Doesn’t shy away from contact … Doesn’t get rattled and plays well under pressure. Plays with confidence and aggression. Good competitor and willing defender … Vocal leader …

Weaknesses: One of the more college ready prospects but doesn’t possess the same upside as others in his class … Good but not great athlete. Lacks the explosive ability and elite lateral quickness … Doesn’t provide much if his shot isn’t falling. Overall, has good shot selection but can force contested jump shots at times … Solid ball handling but lacks shift and more of a straight-line driver … Strictly a shooting guard. Doesn’t have the ideal speed or ball skills to run the point, doesn’t have the size to be a forward. Shows willingness to space the floor and move the ball but doesn’t have a game that brings the best out in his teammates … Brought an alpha dog presence and had the offense centered around him in high school, his impact can be affected if he fails to bring the same presence in college. May struggle moving forward adjusting to not being the focus of the offense …

Outlook: Incoming Duke freshman … Played in the McDonald’s All American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, Nike Hoop Summit, and Allen Iverson Roundball Classic … Played his senior season at Prolific Prep …

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