Nov. 1, 2009
Clarence Trent is one of three freshmen experiencing college life and college basketball for the first time. In talking with GoHuskies.com, it is clearly evident he is ready to face both experiences head on. Trent recently talked with GoHuskies.com correspondent Michael Jeremiah about how pre-season is going for him and his teammates.
GoHuskies.com: After a couple weeks of practice and Midnight Madness, how are you doing in terms of preparation for the season?
Clarence Trent:"I feel like I'm getting ready easily. The transition is a little [different] but I'm able to pick it up easily. But I'll be ready by the time the season start."
GH.com: What was your experience with the flu bug that went around the team last week?
CT: "Unfortunately, I was one of the guys that got sick. For me, whenever I get sick it hits me pretty hard. It's hard for me to participate when I can't breathe. More than half the team going down -- I've never had that happen before. Everybody's fought through it and everyone's back, so we'll be ready."
GH.com: Does that make the practices you have left even more important, especially for newcomers?
CT: "It makes it all the more important. We haven't been able to get up and down in practice or do what we need to. The next few practices are going to be really important for our first couple of games."
GH.com: Husky fans saw a glimpse of your athleticism with some dunks at Midnight Madness. Along with that, what else do you bring to the team this year?
CT: "Overall, I'm more of a defending type player. I like playing defense and rebounding. I'm more on that end right now."
GH.com: After spending a two years out of state, how hungry are you to get back and be a part of the program now in 2009?
CT: "Going through what I went through and seeing things that I have seen, I know that everything is not going to be there for me. Everything isn't automatic; you have to work for it. That drives me so much to want to work harder, get in the gym and put up 1,000 more shots than everybody else. Get in the weight room and lift more than everyone."
GH.com: What's the connection like with the other players from Tacoma -- Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy?
CT: "The connection is great. We've all known each other before we've been here. Gaddy, Isaiah and I did. I played with Isaiah mostly. I haven't really played with Gaddy except for a little pick-up here and there. The connection is great though."
GH.com: Even though you haven't played any organized basketball together, it seems like the combination of your athleticism with Gaddy's passing skills could lead to some highlight reel dunks over the next few years.
CT: " [Smiles] Hopefully we will."
GH.com: How are you adjusting to college life through your first month of classes?
CT: "Actually, I'm adjusting pretty well. I thought I might struggle a little bit, but obviously I haven't been. Classes and grades are good. I'm on time and getting used to waking up early. It was a little weird at first. But it's not as bad as I thought."
GH.com: No ideas of struggling on the court your freshman year I would guess?
CT: "I'm just trying to get on the court. I don't expect to start or get so many minutes. I just know that I have to work for it."
GH.com: Are there any upperclassmen that you've made a connection with since you have been here?
CT: "Darnell [Gant]. There's just something about Darnell and I that just clicked right away. "