It was almost always a foregone conclusion that Duke wing Gary Trent Jr. would only spend a year with the Blue Devils before pursuing a professional career in the NBA. On Saturday, Trent made that official with a formal goodbye.
Trent tweeted a video declaring that he would enter the 2018 NBA Draft, thanking Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski for a chance to play for one of the most esteemed programs in the history of college basketball.
— GARY x TRENT x JR 🌺 (@gtrentjr2) April 7, 2018
As part of the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2017, Trent probably hoped that his only season at Duke would yield a national championship and a permanent place in the school’s illustrious history. However, the Blue Devils were unfortunately bested in overtime by Kansas, one game shy of making a Final Four appearance.
Trent played in 37 games for Duke, averaging 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 40.2 percent from behind the 3-point line. He scored 20 points or more on five occasions, including a career-high 30 points in a win at Miami on Jan. 15.
After one year in college, Trent is currently projected to be picked comfortably within the first round, with late-lottery potential. He is the son of nine-year NBA veteran Gary Trent Sr.