Gary Trent, Jr. Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • One of those prospects who would have been better off going straight from high school to the pros if he had that option.
    • Was the 8th-ranked prospect in the 2017 high school class[1] but is now expected to go in the second round.
  • Has accumulated a decent deal of experience for a 19-year-old[2]:
    • 1,253 NCAA minutes at Duke;
    • 276 minutes defending the United States National Team at the 2015 U16 FIBA Americas and 2016 U17 FIBA World Cup;
    • 399 minutes at the 2015 and 2016 adidas Nations and the 2015 Nike Global Challenge;
    • An appearance at the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Averaged 17.2 points per 40 minutes[3] on 52.7% effective shooting and compiled a 15.9 PER in 37 appearances last season[4].
  • Duke played the 15th-toughest schedule in the country[5] and had a +22.2 pace-adjusted point differential with him on the floor[6].
  • Six-foot-six wing whose primary role was to space the floor for Marvin Bagley III’s and Wendell Carter, Jr.’s post-ups but had opportunities to take shots on the move coming off screens and sprinting to the ball on dribble hand-offs as well. Also got the eventual isolation from time-to-time.
    • Reasonably high 19.4% usage-rate for someone who was assisted on 68.9% of his field-goals.
  • Acted as a weak-side defender earlier in the season, one not stressed to do much. Did poorly when forced to guard on the ball. Has below average length for someone his height and doesn’t fly to create events.
    • Was part of the problem that led to Duke installing a full time zone defense for the second half of the season, despite the handful of high end prospects that team featured.

OFFENSE

  • Other than weak-side spot-ups, relocating around the wing and drifting to the corner, proved he is able to take shots on the move; coming off screens, sprinting to the ball on dribble hand-offs and slipping to the three-point line as the screener on the pick-and-pop. Sets feet quickly, has a quick trigger and fully extends himself for a high release.
    • Nailed 40.2% of his 241 three-point shots, at a pace of 7.7 such attempts per 40 minutes.
    • Hit 87.6% of his 97 foul shots.
  • Can run a basic side pick-and-roll to keep the offense moving but hasn’t shown much of anything in terms of court vision.
    • Assisted on just 6.7% of Duke’s scores when he was on the floor.
  • In isolation, can go behind the back in a pinch and pivot into a well-coordinated spin to create separation or gain momentum forward to launch step-back jumpers, floaters off jump-stops and running floaters, though isn’t all that efficient at them.
    • Hit 33.6% of his 131 mid-range shots[7].
  • Has difficulty getting all the way to the basket off the dribble. Has a loose handle, isn’t very quick with the ball and can’t bully his way forward through contact.
    • Took just 12.9% of his shots at the rim and earned just 3.1 foul shots per 40 minutes.
  • Isn’t an explosive leaper in traffic but can adjust his body in the air for acrobatic finishes around rim protectors and play above the rim as a target for lobs sneaking behind the defense on backdoor cuts.
    • Converted his 36 shots at the basket at a 65.5% clip, with 17 of his 36 makes assisted.
  • Low turnover player due to role as a gunner.

DEFENSE

  • Too spaced out in isolation defense, lacking the lateral quickness to stay in the front and not using the strength in his 209-pound frame[8] to contain dribble penetration through contact.
  • Dies on picks at the point of attack and doesn’t hustle back to try making plays challenging or contesting from behind.
  • Struggles chasing shooters off screens and flies by on closeouts, exposing the defense behind him.
  • Has a below average six-foot-eight wingspan[9] for someone his height but showed decent instincts jumping passing lanes for deflections and interceptions.
    • Averaged 1.4 steals per 40 minutes.
  • Not always attentive to his responsibilities rotating in to crowd the area near the basket and isn’t much of an asset to help protect the rim.
  • Contributed only marginally in the defensive glass.
    • Collected 10.2% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor.
  • Had the third worst defensive rating on the team.

[1] According to ESPN

[2] DOB: 1/18/1999

[3] According to sports-reference

[4] According to RealGM

[5] According to Ken Pomeroy

[6] According to RealGM

[7] According to hoop-math

[8] According to Duke’s official listing

[9] According to Draft Express

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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