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Trent’s transfer reduces Tacoma trio at UW

Washington basketball’s Tacoma trio has been reduced to two.

The university announced Wednesday that forward Clarence Trent will transfer after one season and enroll at Seattle University.

As a freshman, Trent averaged 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds over 23 games, averaging 5.2 minutes per game.

“He will be in a good situation for himself in that he will be with (Seattle U. coach) Cameron Dollar, who was on staff at Washington when Clarence signed with us,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said in a UW press release. “We’ll still get to follow him, and we wish him well.”

Trent will have to sit out next season and then will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

He went to UW ranked as the No. 27 power forward recruit in the country, according to Scout.com.

At the time, Romar said Trent would instantly become the most athletic player on the team.

However, Trent never found a regular spot in the rotation. And in looking ahead, incoming freshman Desmond Simmons seems to have a similar skill set, while standing 2 inches taller at 6-foot-7.

Highlights from Trent’s brief career with the Huskies include eight points on 4-for-4 shooting against Portland State and five rebounds in 13 minutes against San Jose State.

Trent also practiced with the UW football team for about a week this spring before dropping out and saying he would once again devote full attention to basketball.

His high school career also included multiple stops. He attended River Ridge High School in Lacey, Gig Harbor High School, and Findley Prep in Nevada before graduating from The Patterson School in North Carolina.

Trent follows guard Elston Turner in announcing his decision to transfer this offseason. Their departures create two scholarship openings at UW.

Two Tacoma players remain on the UW roster: guards Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy. Trent and Thomas grew up playing on the same Tacoma recreational teams.

Don Ruiz, 253-597-8808

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com

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