2018 NBA Draft Prospect: Gary Trent Jr.

With a very talented starting 5 that could all be 1st round draft selections, how does Gary Trent Jr. stand out?




Gary Trent Jr. is a 6’6 shooting guard that spent this past season with the Duke Blue Devils. Trent Jr. shined on a stacked college team that included the likes of Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter, Trevon Duval, and Grayson Allen, all of whom are projected to be selected in the first round of this year’s draft.

Trent Jr. averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in his freshman season with the Blue Devils. He is known for his fundamentally sound mechanics and his high-level shooting. Trent Jr.’s shooting ability is what caught the eye of many scouts during the NCAA season.

If you are looking to compare him to an NBA player I would have to say his game is very similar to Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon. Most of Trent Jr.’s points come from beyond the arc thanks to his catch-and-shoot opportunities. Gary Trent Jr. shot 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 41.5 percent from the field.

Off the dribble, Trent Jr. isn’t the fastest player, but his quick instincts allow for him to get to the basket should he decide not to let it fly from 3 point land. Gary Trent Jr. isn’t afraid to take it down low and attack the basket.

In one of his best games at Duke, Trent Jr. scored 30 points against a very talented Miami team. Trent Jr. shows here that at times he can be unconscious and shoot the lights out when he gets hot.

Gary Trent Jr. is described as a tough and physical swingman. He can shoot the three off screens and hit mid-range jumpers consistently. Trent Jr. has a high release which makes his jump shot hard to block.

Trent Jr. isn’t afraid to take the big shots in clutch situations. This is a great trait to have as an incoming draft prospect. He can get hot from spotting up and off the dribble.

Gary Trent Jr. is a high character player and is described as a leader by his teammates. Trent Jr. is definitely in play should he fall to the 19th pick. Trent Jr. is projected to be a mid-to-late 1st round selection in this year’s draft. He is also decent on defense which new Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce covets.

General manager Travis Schlenk said that he will focus on the best picks available at each selection. Gary Trent Jr. would be a stellar pick at 19 should the Atlanta Hawks select him. Selecting Trent Jr. would give the Atlanta Hawks a formidable shooting guard who could become this teams next big star.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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