By all accounts, Gary Trent is a proud papa.
And one of the main reasons is because his son, Gary Trent Jr., is one of the top high school basketball players in the United States.
Trent is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound, 16-year-old junior shooting guard who plays for Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minn. Schools such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida State have offered him a scholarship.
“I’m so excited about his future and his opportunities,” the elder Trent said before Sunday’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves. “He’s a good student at school with a 3.0 grade point average, he works hard in the classroom, keeps his nose clean and does just everything that you want your kid to be besides teenage lapses of missing a chore here and there.
“Right now as a junior he’s a little bit ahead of me from an athletic standpoint and that’s probably because I started professionally training my son with the NBA fundamentals — footwork and all those things that you see a LeBron [James] or a Kobe [Bryant] or a Kevin Garnett do. I started training him with all those moves at five years old, so, to me, at 16, he has 11 years of professional training already.”
Trent is the No. 1 shooting guard in the country by several websites, and No. 2 by ESPN and eighth overall in his class. In addition, he traveled to Argentina last summer and won a gold medal with Team USA, and also earned Most Valuable Player honors of that tournament.
“Everything I’ve gotten in my basketball game is from my dad,” Trent Jr. said. “He’s been there since Day One — every crossover, every step-back.
“Everything you see is from him, me and him just working hard over the years. It was really truly a blessing to go out [to Argentina] there and put my talents on a worldly stage.”
The elder Trent played in the NBA from 1998-2004. That includes being a Mavs teammate of forward Dirk Nowitzki from 1998-2001.
The young Trent led Apple Valley to a state title last season. This year he leads the state in scoring at 30 points per game.
“I just am grateful for it, because a lot of people don’t have this opportunity to be put in these certain positions and I’m having every opportunity in the world to be in this position. Just meeting great players, being around people that know how to get there, know what it takes to get there and it’s really a blessing.”
Trent also has a blog that is posted by USA Today.
“It’s really just trying to build a fan base and people that are fans, keep them up with what’s going on with my life whether it’s on the court or off the court, in class or at home,” he said.
“But my dad makes sure I’m on top of things. He never lets me get out of line.”
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle commented briefly about Lionel Hollins, who was fired as coach of the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
Being the president of the coaches association, Carlisle was asked if reaches out to a coach when he loses his job.
“I don’t talk to you guys about that stuff,” Carlisle said. “That’s none of your business, really.
“Lionel is a high quality coach, he’s had success in multiple places and he’ll land on his feet. You never like to see guys get let go, especially in a situation like theirs with a lot of upheaval, with roster, injuries, all kind of other things. I’m disappointed, very disappointed, but these things happen.”
Mavs point guard Deron Williams, who played last season for Hollins, didn’t want to comment on his firing.