BREAKING: Top Recruit Gary Trent Jr. Picks Duke over MSU

Blake Froling

Gary Trent Jr., the No. 8 overall recruit according to ESPN, announced his commitment to Duke today.

Trent was considering the Spartans and UCLA as well, but ultimately decided to join Coach K and the Blue Devils. He’s the top ranked shooting guard in the country and would have joined four-star recruits Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman at MSU.

The 6-foot-5 Prolific Prep star is a prolific scorer and could have filled in nicely for graduating guard Eron Harris. Here is what ESPN has to say about Trent:

“Trent Jr. is one of the better scorers in the country regardless of class. He is a “bucket-getter” as we say in the scouting world. His ability to score at all three levels is tremendous and his ball skills are evolving. He can snag a rebound in traffic, lead the break, and find a way to score in some fashion. He has an evolving triple threat game as well and is potent off the dribble. His 1st step is fairly explosive and he can finish with either hand at the rim. In addition, he can toss in a floater, a pull-up jump shot in transition, or finish with a dunk. He can shoot off the catch, but he is at his best shooting off the dribble. His release on his shot is quick and he gets good lift on his shot as well.”

Michigan State is still in the running for a number of top recruits for the 2017 class, including five-star center Brandon McCoy, five-star small forward Brian Bowen and four-star shooting guard Nojel Eastern.