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Top recruit Gary Trent Jr. leaving Apple Valley for a Nevada prep school

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Minnesota's top basketball recruit announced Friday that he is leaving Apple Valley High School.

Gary Trent Jr. announced on Twitter Friday that he'll spend his senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.

ESPN ranks Trent as the ninth-best recruit nationally. He is being recruited by Minnesota and also has offers from Duke, Kentucky, Arizona and Michigan State.

Trent helped lead Apple Valley to a state championship in 2015. The Eagles made the semifinals this past season. In his statement on Twitter Trent said it was a tough decision to leave.

"Although it was a very difficult [decision], my family and I have made the best decision for me," Trent said.

Trent also helped lead the USA men's U17 basketball team to the FIBA world championship earlier this month in Spain. He averaged 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game during the tournament.

He thanked the Apple Valley faculty and staff for driving his growth. He also thanked his teammates and coaches.

"When you play on a typical high school team, more than likely the guys that are guarding you in practice everyday, they're not going to be playing basketball after high school, and then in your conference you may only face one or two Division I players throughout the season," said his father, Gary Trent Sr to the Pioneer Press. "So, in order to prepare him for Division I basketball we felt that a prep school would give you the best preparation."

The Star Tribune notes that he's the second Minnesota prep basketball star to leave to attend Findlay Prep. Rashad Vaughn left Cooper High School to play his senior season at Findlay in 2014-15.

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