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October 4, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Meet UW’s Clarence Trent

Had a chance to meet Washington freshman forward Clarence Trent last week, who came across as a young man that’s not just happy to be on the roster. He has a chip on his shoulder about not being highly recruited and he doesn’t hide it.
Trent also talks about an ankle injury that’s sideliined him for a spell, his days as a middle school quarterback at Gig Harbor and Scott Suggs has been the biggest surprise so far in offseason workouts.
(So how was your summer?) “It was great. Just getting ready to start the season. A little nervous (because) it’s my freshman year, but just ready to get after it.”
(What makes you nervous?) “It’s not really nervous, it’s just the transition of being in a new setting. It’s like you get the little jitterbugs going. It’s not so much being nervous.”
(Is playing college basketball like what you thought it would be?) “It’s just like I thought it would be. A lot of fun. Getting to meet new people. Starting classes. Meeting people in different sports.”
(Heard you had a little injury? Are you okay?) “Yeah I’m fine. During open gym I came down on somebody’s foot, rolled my ankle. But I’m coming back now.)
(Right or left?) “Left.”
(How bad was it?) “It was bad for awhile. It was a lot of swelling in it. Actually, I haven’t sprained my ankle or rolled my ankle before this that’s why it’s been bad. But it’s not as bad as I thought it was.”
(When did this happen?) “Two weeks ago.”
(Have you played since then?) “We haven’t really had a pick-up (game) or anything, but I’ve been working out and lifting and running and stuff.”
(Will you be ready for the start of training camp?) “I’ll be back by then. I’m back now. I’ll be up doing everything officially Monday because I gotta run the mile. Everybody did the mile and I had missed that. So I’ll make that up Monday.”

(Everybody hates the mile test. Are you looking forward to it?) “I’m ready. I’m ready for it. I don’t hate it, but I just dislike it.”
(Who ran the best mile among the big guys?) “Actually this time the person that ran the best mile was Matthew (Bryan-Amaning). I think he ran 5:20 or in that range.”
(What’s your goal?) “I’m just trying to beat a guards time. I’m going to finish. The guards have to beat it in 5:30 and bigs have to beat it in 5:45. Everybody has made it in 5:30 and I don’t want to be the one who doesn’t.”
(What would you like to do this season?) “I just want everybody to know that I’m not the one in the background any more. I’m coming for to be known. And if that means I got to be the greatest defender or I got to be the greatest rebounder, I’m coming for it. I’m not scared.”
(Is it difficult for a freshman to get respect?) “Sometimes. There are other kids that are recruited like 5-stars and for those dudes, I don’t think it’s as hard, but they got to live to the hype and the expectations. But if you’re like the No. 2 or No. 3 recruit coming in here, it’s a lot harder I would say because they’re like in the background. The coaches know what they’re capable of, but to become one of the game’s go-to guys, it’s probably a lot harder. Hopefully not for me.”
(It seems as if you’ve got something to prove.) “Oh yeah. For me, there’s a lot to prove. There’s a lot of people saying negative things about me and about about what I can do. It’s always been like that. At first, I didn’t think I would be able to make it to college. I didn’t think I would be in college.”
(Why?) “I’m not saying I didn’t want to go, it’s like I didn’t think of it. I played sports, but I didn’t think about going or becoming a college athlete until my sophomore year. … I had a lot of stuff going on with school and stuff. And now I’m here. A lot of people didn’t think I was going to make it and now that I’m here, I got to prove that I can stay and I can do what I do best.”
(You’ve had critics along the way?) “Um-hmmm. It’s like one of those logs under my fire. It’s in there. And now I got to show them.”
(Who has helped you the most get to this point?) My family. Coach (Cameron) Dollar. … Craig Murray, he runs an AAU team (Total Package) in Port Angeles. … And Bill Engram out of Arkansas. He used to coach Arkansas Hogs. That’s another (AAU) team.”
(What are the strengths and weaknesses of your game?) “My strength is I’m going to be one of the guys that’s going to get after it. You’ll have no problems with me getting after it. Weakness I’d probably say my jumper. It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst. If you leave me open it’s going to go in. But I’m not going out to hit a 30-footer in your face.
(But it’s not as if Romar wants his post guys shooting 30-foot jumpers.) “Nah. But coach says if I can shoot it, he’ll let me shoot it. If I can’t, then I won’t.”
(Are you looking forward to training camp?) “Oh yeah. I’m kind of nervous for that. I’ve never done anything like that where you got four practices in 36 hours or something like that. I’ve had long practices like 2-3 hour practices, but not like back-to-back like that. I’ve had two-a-days in football, morning and the afternoon practices. But that was a while ago.”
(Which position did you play in football?) “Quarterback and defensive end.”
(Where you a better quarterback or defensive end?) “D-end. With me, I like to bang. You may seem stronger than me, but I’ll right there. I’m not there to be pushed around.”
(How long did you play football?) “Up until eighth grade.”
(Gotta ask, how tall are you?) “They say I’m 6-5, but I’m 6-6.”
(I’ve seen you listed as high as 6-8.) “I know. Because when I was in Kentucky (for a camp) that’s what they had me as so that’s what I went by and that’s what everyone went by.”
(Are you tall enough to play in the post?) “Oh yeah. To me, there’s guys that are real small for a big (post player). Your average big is like 6-9 or 6-10 and then you got your (Charles) Barkley, he’s undersized, but he’s still going to get the job done. So I got that attitude, get the job done.
(Do you pattern yourself after Barkley?) “Not really. He was just one of the ones that was undersized. I’m more versatile. I’m more of a slasher.”
(Anybody that you patterned your game after?) “No. Not really. Just me. I just go out and play.”
(Who has surprised you the most?) “I would have to say Scott Suggs. During the season, I was able to catch a few games and the games I saw he would be kind of sketchy, but now that I’m here in practices and open-gyms, he’s surprised me a lot. He’s shown me a lot more than I thought. He can shoot. He can defend. Explosive. He gets up. He’s strong. He’s kind of small because he’s a guard, but he’s strong and (he’s) probably the best athlete on the team.”
(Tell me about the competition in the post.) “Everybody that’s here, everybody wants to play. Whatever school you went to, you want to win. So there’s always going to be battles between everybody, all positions. Even if you’re the starting guard, the backup guard he wants more playing time and he wants to start. And the guys who start, they tend to slack off a little bit and the guys behind them they want that spot.”
(So has it gotten pretty intense already?) “With us four, we’re all friends when we’re off the court. But we’re not going to be friends when we get out there. We know what we want to do and we know we’ll do what’s best for the team. If its me coming off the bench and somebody else starts or if it’s me starting and Darnell (Gant) coming off the bench, it’s whatever is best for the team.”
Here’s some links.
— Kentwood High star Josh Smith tells that he doesn’t plan to commit afer a weekend visit to UCLA.
It seems as if there was some confusion about whether Smith was going to visit UCLA this weekend. has this lenghty feature on Jefferson High (Portland, Ore.) recruit Terrance Jones.
The rates the Pac-10 recruiting classes for 2010 and places UCLA atop the list and ranks Washington sixth. puts out an pre-season all-freshman team and places Abdul Gaddy on the second team.

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