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Gary Sr. On Gary Jr.’s Draft Decision

Dad made some striking comments on his son’s potential and character.

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DURHAM, NC - MARCH 03: Gary Trent Jr. #2 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with the fans after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 74-64 during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Gary Trent’s dad, Gary Trent Sr., had some interesting things to say Saturday about his son’s decision to enter the NBA draft.

He said that parts of his son’s game were subordinated for the success of the team and that fans “... only saw my son do the speed limit.”

A guy like that, with long NBA experience, is capable of providing a perspective and judgement that most people can’t. So this is pretty key about Gary Jr.:

“If I didn’t feel my son had a strong enough mindset, a strong enough character and a strong enough work ethic, I would not recommend this for him and he would not consider it himself,” he said. This is not a forced decision by Duke. This is not a forced decision by his family.

”This is a dream that he wanted to pursue.”

He’s not universally seen as a first-round pick, but as guys like Draymond Green, Quinn Cook and Lance Thomas have proved, it’s not what people think on draft day that matters as much as what you show consistently during your career.

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