|Team: Seattle University|
H: 6' 5"|
W: 225 lbs
(26 Years Old)
|RSCI: 114 ||
High School: The Patterson School
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Clarence Trent (#143 Rivals, #77 Scout, #42 ESPN) was nowhere near as impressive as he was when we evaluated him last year at the National Prep Showcase when playing with Findlay Prep. While with Findlay, he was an active power forward who was hustling all over the court and was an absolute animal on the glass. Now with the Patterson School, that desire was missing and he was a relative non-factor in two out of three games in Rhode Island.
Now of course there were a few jaw dropping dunks and blocked shots from this physical specimen, but mixed with long periods of lackluster play. Trent's skills have actually improved over the last year, but it is his mental approach to the game that has appeared to have changed. The Washington native was better putting the ball on the deck and shooting from the perimeter then before (though still a work in progress), and finished incredibly well around the rim.
With top 10 recruit Abdul Gaddy heading to Washington in 2009, Trent will have the perfect set-up man to get him the ball in scoring positions. In order for Trent to come anywhere near reaching his top potential, there must be a serious change in attitude and approach towards the game. If this happens, Clarence is definitely a player who has the ability to impact the Huskies program with his athleticism and gritty style of play.
Trent solidified himself as the most productive athletes that the tournament had to offer, maximizing his explosiveness to its fullest capabilities. Only a junior, he was a downright animal inside versus a South Kent team that had a slew of high major big men. He won the crowd over with his energetic and wild style of play, clearly becoming a fan favorite of many of the college coaches in attendance.
At 6’7ish and 230 pounds, Trent has the body of a prototypical power forward for the collegiate game. His upper body has room for further growth and he has a lower body strong enough to let him establish whenever he wants in the low post. Athletically, there are few players in the country that are on his level. Owning remarkably quick and explosive leaping ability, Trent is able to explode off for the ground to go up for tip-ins or to corral rebounds at the blink of an eye. It was not an uncommon occurrence to see him miss one of his own shots, only to follow it up with a tip-in or tip dunk. He easily had to have had at least five dunks on the day, with all coming in a very explosive fashion. The energy and non-stop motor brought to the floor by Clarence was simply unmatched by any player here in Boston.
Despite the great statline and inspired play that Trent had, he showed very little in terms of refined basketball skills out on the floor. He looked uncomfortable at times when he received the ball in the pivot, going to a raw looking right handed jump hook every time he received the ball on the blocks. In terms of offensive skills facing the basket, none were shown on Saturday, as Trent completely played 15 feet and in.
Being a 2009 prospect, Trent has plenty of time to develop his skill set before he steps foot on a college campus. The coaching staff at Findlay Prep appears to do an outstanding job in terms of motivating their players, so there is definitely a chance that we see a more polished Trent by the time the AAU season rolls around. Even without even average skills in the post, Clarence has established himself as one of the truly elite power forwards in the class of 2009. While he may not have as much NBA potential as a Terrence Jennings or Roscoe Davis due to his tweener size, Trent has definitely shown the potential to be every bit as productive of a college player by the time the fall of 09 hits.