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September 18, 2008 at 6:57 PM

More on Trent commit

The easy storyline to the Clarence Trent commitment to UW is that he’s simply coming home for college.
But Trent said tonight that returning to his native area was only a small part of his reason for becoming a Husky.
Instead, he said UW was where he felt he fit in the best.
“Going away for a few years taught me that my family is always going to be there for me,” said Trent, who played at Gig Harbor High until 2007 when he transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. “Coming home to play in front of my family did cross my mind, but that wasn’t a big factor.”
Trent gave the word to UW coaches today that he will become a Husky, making him the third commit for the Clas of 2009.
He also seriously considered Cal and said ultimately, he felt UW was just the better choice.
“When I got back from my trip (to UW last weekend) I did a list of the pros and cons and Washington outweighed Cal,” he said.
One of the biggest factors, he said, was his relationship with the coaching staff.
The 6-7, 230-pounder also said he thinks he fits in better with UW’s style of play.
“They play the way I like to play, up and down the floor,” he said. “I bring a lot of intensity and defense to the game and they can use me a lot in that area.”
Trent transferred to Findlay before the 2007-08 school year because, he said, “I got into some academic problems.” He said he talked with coaches at Findlay and liked the program, and thought going away from home would be the best route to solving his academic issues.
He also said it helped him grow up.
Trent said UW recruited him heavily during the early stages of his career at Gig Harbor, then stopped. “I don’t think they thought I was mature enough to stay at home,” he said.
Trent agrees now he may not have been, but feels he has grown up at Findlay. UW coaches also apparently agree as Trent said “they started coming back to me because they thought I was mature enough to come home, and I was.”
Trent averaged roughly 12 points and nine rebounds a game last year at Findlay, according to coach Todd Simon. But Simon says not to read much into those numbers as Findlay went 32-1 with a team loaded with D-I prospects — Avery Bradley will play on the same team this year.
“He’s really matured as a person and academically,” Simon said. “It’s really staggering. He’s our team leader this year, the guy who holds everyone accountable. It’s a great success story.”
In fact, Trent and Bradley are among nine players who live in a dorm house with Simon and his wife.
Trent said he spent most of his weekend at UW with Isaiah Thomas — whom he has known for years and says is “like family” — Elston Turner and Scott Suggs, players with whom he will now form the core of the team’s future.
Trent says he wants to major in Sports Medicine at UW — specializing in therapy — and that his time at Findlay has improved his academics enough that there is no question about his eligibility next year.
Here are more stories on Trent. His scouting profile on , the HuskyDigest story from Wednesday night that indicated Trent was coming, and his profile on

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