Russ Wood of Rivals.com reported on Twitter Tuesday that Providence would join Florida at Chipley High School Tuesday night to watch 2016 guard Trent Forrest. Chipley is scheduled to take on Baker in a District 3 battle at 6:30pm.
This recruiting trip comes on the heels of associate head coach Bob Simon traveling to Hickory, NC to watch 2015 guard Ricky Council and his Moravian Prep team practice. Simon offered Council Monday night.
Forrest is a 6’3 combo guard and is ranked 51st in 247Sports’ Composite National Ranking in the class of 2016. ESPN calls him “a strong, physical and skilled combination guard that can score in a variety of ways.” The ESPN scouting report continues, “Forrest has the size, strength and basketball IQ to defend both guard positions because he is very alert on the defensive end.” Forrest runs with the Alabama Challenge on the grassroots circuit. The Challenge played in the Nike EYBL this season. Forrest played in all 16 games during the EYBL regular season and started 14 of those games, playing 25.9 minutes/game. Forrest averaged an impressive 13.9 points/game with a single game high of 27 points which twice on back to back days in May at the Hampton, VA stop on the EYBL circuit. He also pulled down 4.1 rebounds/game, dished out 2.2 assists/game and had 1.3 steals/game.
Forrest has put up a 46 point game already during his high school season just before Christmas. That stat line also consisted of 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals in a December 22nd win over Niceville.
Forrest currently has offers from Central Florida, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (FL), Murray State, Oregon State, Providence, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UNLV, USC, Wake Forest and Wichita State. The Friars extended their offer in early August.
Forrest is one of many highly ranked guards that Providence is after in the class of 2016. Some other notable guard names in 2016 with Friar offers are Rawle Alkins, Bruce Brown and TJ Gibbs. The competition will be tough for all 4 of these players. The Jackson Fambrough’s 2016 PASR Recruiting Forecast predictor doesn’t list the Friars for Forrest and has Florida State in the lead at 52% followed by Tennessee at 43%.
Providence currently has 2 open scholarships for the class of 2016 but that number would drop to 1 if the Friars add another player to the 2015 class. Either way the small class size will allow Cooley to do what he does best and focus heavily on a few players.
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