Kentucky and Duke have gathered the top two recruiting classes in college basketball for the past four years. And so with Kentucky having landed two top-20 recruits within a five-hour window on Thursday, it was only fitting that Coach K also began his pursuit to another top-2 recruiting class on the very same day with his own five-star commit. Gary Trent Jr., a 6-5 shooting guard from Apple Valley, MN, announced live on ESPNU that he’ll be taking his talents to Durham next year, ultimately choosing the Blue Devils over Michigan State and UCLA. He is touted for his impressive scoring prowess.

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Gary Trent Jr., one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2017, announced Thursday night that he would attend Duke next fall.

 

He made his announcement during a one-hour special on ESPNU, along with other highly rated recruits in the country.

 

Trent plays for Prolific Prep in California and is considered one of the top shooting guards in the country on most recruiting websites. ESPN Top 100 rates the 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard, No. 8 overall and the No. 1 shooting guard.

 

Trent chose Duke over UCLA and Michigan State.

 

Duke boasted one of the top two recruiting classes in the country this past year, and looks to continue that trend.

 

The early signing period for high school basketball recruits started on Nov. 9.

 

Trent is the second recruit to commit to Duke this year, along with Alex O’Connell, a shooting guard out of Milton High School in Georgia.