By LARRY VAUGHT
One of the nation’s top seniors who has been a Kentucky recruiting target announced Sunday that he would play his final season of Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif.
Gary Trent Jr. had planned to transfer from Apple Valley (Minn.) where he averaged 25.9 points per game while leading the Eagles to Minnesota’s Class AAAA semifinals last season to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. Apple Valley went a combined 60-4 the last two seasons.
Trent is a two-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, including a win with the under 17 team at the FIBA World Championships this summer.
Trent Jr. has cut his possible college list to Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, Arizona and UCLA.
He’ll join a roster that includes highly-touted Ira Lee. Last year Prolific Prep featured Kansas signee Josh Jackson, a possible top five pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
The 6-6 shooting guard wanted to play where he would go against more Division I players on a consistent basis to prepare him for his collegiate career.
Going to Prolific Prep will enable him to be part of The Grind Session, an event that brings the nation’s best teams together at various sites across the country to play each other all season. He will be in Kentucky three times to play in Grind Session events at Marshall County, McCracken County and Taylor County.
Many of the nation’s other top players will be doing the same at the Marshall County Hoop Fest and McCracken County Mustang Madness as well as the new event at Taylor County.
Complete schedules for all three events should be released soon.