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Recruiting Roundup: Forward Wendell Carter cuts list to 8, Gary Trent Jr. transfers to Findlay Prep ahead of senior year

They played at the Peach Jam earlier this month and recently won gold medals with the U17 national team, and five-star Class of 2017 forward Wendell Carter and five-star guard Gary Trent Jr. have wasted little time making headlines since.

First, Trent announced on Twitter Friday that he will transfer to Findlay Prep for his senior year of high school. 

The shooting guard is the top player at his position and No. 9 in the country according to ESPN. He played his first three seasons at Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minn., the same school that produced former Duke standout and 2015 national champion Tyus Jones, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. 

Trent averaged 25.9 points per game as a junior and won a state title for Apple Valley in 2014-15. His transfer to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas make him the latest Blue Devil target to play at the school that's only students are on the men's basketball team since former Duke point guard and Findlay Prep product Derryck Thornton transferred earlier this summer. The Blue Devils are the heavy favorites to land Trent at this point in the recruiting process. 

More than 20 247sports recruiting analysts predict that the explosive guard will eventually commit to Duke, with none predicting another destination.

Trent's U17 national team teammate, Carter, also made an announcement on Twitter recently, announcing he has cut his list to eight schools Monday afternoon. 

Like Trent, Carter's 247sports crystal ball is 100 percent in favor of the Blue Devils. He is the No. 2 player in the Class of 2017 according to ESPN and has made several headlines for stating his commitment to academics in the past. In addition to Duke, the Atlanta native is considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Arizona, Harvard, Georgia, Georgia Tech and California.

Check back with the Blue Zone later this summer as more Class of 2017 recruits get closer to picking their college destinations. 


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