Clarence Trent (#143 Rivals, #77 Scout, #42 ESPN) was nowhere near as impressive as he was when we evaluated him last year at the National Prep Showcase when playing with Findlay Prep. While with Findlay, he was an active power forward who was hustling all over the court and was an absolute animal on the glass. Now with the Patterson School, that desire was missing and he was a relative non-factor in two out of three games in Rhode Island.
Now of course there were a few jaw dropping dunks and blocked shots from this physical specimen, but mixed with long periods of lackluster play. Trent's skills have actually improved over the last year, but it is his mental approach to the game that has appeared to have changed. The Washington native was better putting the ball on the deck and shooting from the perimeter then before (though still a work in progress), and finished incredibly well around the rim.
With top 10 recruit Abdul Gaddy heading to Washington in 2009, Trent will have the perfect set-up man to get him the ball in scoring positions. In order for Trent to come anywhere near reaching his top potential, there must be a serious change in attitude and approach towards the game. If this happens, Clarence is definitely a player who has the ability to impact the Huskies program with his athleticism and gritty style of play.