Gary Trent Jr., a 5-star guard coveted by Michigan State, has committed to Duke, he announced Thursday on ESPNU.
The Prolific Prep (Calif.) senior, ranked No. 11 in the 2017 class, chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State and UCLA. He becomes the second member of Duke’s 2017 class, joining 4-star guard Alex O’Connell.
“There’s so many things about it that’s top tier,” he said on ESPNU. “There’s no way you could turn it down.”
The prospect of playing alongside one of his best friends, 5-star forward Wendell Carter, likely played a big part in Trent’s decision. Carter is still considering Duke, Harvard, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Michigan State had received Trent’s final official visit, where he spent the weekend with 5-star Spartans commit (and now signee) Jaren Jackson Jr. He recounted the trip in a blog post for USA Today High School Sports.
“The energy at practice was the most intense that I’ve seen at any university,” he wrote. “The guys really love each other, and they really want to make each other better. That’s all you can ask for.”
His commitment leaves Michigan State in search of some firepower on the wing to add to commitments from Jackson and fellow big man Xavier Tillman. They’re favored to land 5-star wing Brian Bowen and 4-star combo guard Nojel Eastern, which makes Trent’s decision easier to swallow.
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