Gary Trent Jr. picks Duke over Michigan State, UCLA

The Detroit News
Gary Trent Jr.

Five-star Gary Trent Jr., one of the top shooting guards in the nation in the class of 2017, on Thursday night made a verbal commitment to Duke.

Trent Jr. (6-5, 200) picked the Blue Devils over his other finalists, Michigan State and UCLA.

Trent Jr., who plays for Prolific Prep in Napa, California, is ranked the No. 2 shooting guard in the nation and the No. 12 player overall for 2017 by Scout.com.

Trent Jr., the son of former NBA player Gary Trent, made his announcement on ESPNU.

During his recruitment, Trent Jr. wrote a blog for USA Today.

On Thursday night, immediately after Trent Jr. made his announcement, USA Today published a new blog entry by Trent Jr., and it included his reasons for picking Duke and not MSU or UCLA.

“I picked Duke because of Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski),” Trent Jr. wrote. “He’s a brand himself and his track record is amazing. He’s the winningest coach of all-time and I truly believe that he can do nothing but improve and benefit my life in every way, shape and form.

“I really believe that he’s gonna help me grow into a great basketball player, but, also, an even greater young man.”

As for MSU, Trent Jr. wrote: “I love Coach Izzo, he’s a Hall of Famer, I have nothing but the utmost respect for he and his staff. … I really loved everything about the school.

“What I had to do was remove the emotions from the decision because if I didn’t I would’ve never been able to do it. I had to look at it like a business decision and which school would improve my life.

“I really felt like Duke was that school for me.”