Gary Trent, Jr. Scouting Report


  • Gary Trent, Jr. was the 8th-ranked prospect in the 2017 high school class[1] but has been asked to play more of a secondary role in his first year at Duke, logging only 18.6% usage-rate[2] in his 394 minutes this season.
  • The six-foot-six, 209-pound wing does almost all of his work on offense as a weak-side floor-spacer who at times participates in the shot creation process with his movement around staggered screens for catches on the side of the floor.
  • In a team with Trevon Duval and Grayson Allen running an offense that prioritizes getting Marvin Bagley, III and Wendell Carter, Jr. touches in the elbows or the low post, Trent, Jr. hasn’t had many opportunities to create for himself or his teammates on the ball, other than emergency situations late in the shot clock.
    • 41 of his 55 field-goals have been assisted.
  • On the other end, the 18-year-old[3] hasn’t been asked to defend on the ball a whole lot, mostly acting as a weak-side defender when Duke plays man-to-man defense.


  • His shots usually come from him sprinting from the middle of the floor near the baseline to the side off down screens or drifting from the wing to the corner as a spot-up shooter. Duke can also get him a look with one of the guards setting a quick flare screen for him, when a play dies midway through the shot clock.
  • Trent, Jr. is not yet Kyle Korver but has proven he is already decent at taking some of these more difficult types of shots on the move. He can set his feet in a pinch, has a fairly quick trigger off the catch and fully extends himself for a high point in his release. His touch is great as well and he gets good arc in his shot.
  • Trent, Jr. has nailed 38.2% of his 76 three-point shots this season, at a pace of 7.7 such attempts per 40 minutes. He’s also converted 30 of his 32 foul shots.
  • When the opponent has managed to run him off his shot, Trent, Jr. has shown he is coordinated enough to curl around the pick towards the middle of the floor and pull-up for stop-and-pop jumpers off the dribble. He can get enough separation leaning into his man and suddenly stepping back for a fade-away jumper.
  • With two of Marques Bolden, Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter, Jr. out there most of the time, Duke doesn’t offer proper spacing for Trent, Jr. to get all the way to the basket regularly.
    • He is taking just 12.3% of his shots at the rim[4] and averaging just 3.2 foul shots per 40 minutes.
  • Trent, Jr. has a so-so handle and is yet to show much in terms of dribble moves or side-to-side shake but can create enough separation in straight-line isolations or get to his spots off the pick-and-roll to get a shot off. He is yet to prove himself an effective shot maker off the bounce, though, having hit just 31.1% of his 45 two-point jumpers.


  • Trent, Jr. looks like he should be a good defender. His frame is excellent for someone his age, though his six-foot-eight wingspan[5] is somewhat subpar for a wing defender. He’s also a pretty good athlete who is expected to be able to slide laterally well enough to stay in front and contain dribble penetration.
  • Trent, Jr. has the second worst defensive rating on the team among rotation players[6], though.
  • It’s rare to see him defending on the ball and he might be part of the reason why Duke plays a good deal of zone, though this is just speculation.
  • As a weak-side defender, he is yet to show many instincts making plays in the passing lanes or rotating inside to make himself a presence near the basket.
  • His closeouts are only so-so as well. He should be expected to run shooters off their shots more often.
  • As a defensive rebounder, Trent, Jr. has collected just 10.4% of opponents’ misses when he’s been on the floor – a somewhat disappointing mark, though it’s fair to point out Duke has two dominant big men rebounders on the floor at almost all times.

[1] According to

[2] According to sports-reference

[3] DOB: 1/18/1999

[4] According to hoop-math

[5] According to Draft Express

[6] According to sports-reference

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at RealGM, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara


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