Duke guard Gary Trent Jr. became the fourth Duke player to be taken in the NBA draft on Thursday, being selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 37th pick.
However, Trent, who was set to join former Blue Devils teammate Marvin Bagley Jr. – who went second overall to the Kings – was immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Yahoo’s Shams Charania.
Sacramento is trading No. 37 pick Gary Trent to Portland, league sources say.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018
Trent, whose father was picked 11th overall by the Bucks in 1995 and spent nine seasons in the NBA, scored 14.5 points and recorded 4.2 rebounds while starting in every game during his lone season with the Blue Devils. He was a 5-star recruit out of Apple Valley (Minn.) High School and pledged to play for Duke in November 2016.
“Trent’s shooting ability and feel for the game give him some baseline value,” said SI.com NBA draft analyst Jeremy Woo. If he expands his skill set, he could be a useful perimeter threat.”
Along with Bagley, Trent joins three other Blue Devils teammates as draft selections this year. The Bulls took Wendell Carter Jr. with the seventh overall pick, while Grayson Allen was the 21st overall pick, taken off the board by the Jazz.