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Gary Trent To Be Inducted Into MAC Hall of Fame

Trent was named MAC Player of the Year three times in his Hall of Fame career.

April 18, 2013

CLEVELAND – Former Ohio University forward Gary Trent is one of seven athletes set to be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame, the league office announced Thursday.

The ceremony will take place Thursday, May 30 at the MAC Honor’s Dinner at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.

Trent is part of a class that includes Dave Keilitz (Central Michigan, baseball), Kim Knuth (Toledo, women’s basketball), Bill Mallory (Miami/Northern Illinois, football), Brad Maynard (Ball State, football), John Offerdahl (Western Michigan, football) and Christi Smith (Akron, track and field).

“It is only appropriate for our Conference to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our former student-athletes and coaches, specifically these seven individuals, and their achievements during their time competing in the Mid-American Conference,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, MAC Commissioner. “We are honored to welcome them to the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame.”

Tickets are available for the MAC Honor's Dinner on Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 pm ET at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. Individual tickets ($65 each) and a table of ten ($650) are available for purchase. Contact Julie Kachner at the Mid-American Conference office at 216-566-4622.

Gary Trent established many Ohio University and Mid-American Conference accolades during his collegiate career (1992-95) in Athens, Ohio. Trent is one of just three players in conference history with at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and is the only three-time MAC Player of the Year in MAC history. Trent was a three-time MAC scoring champion and two-time MAC rebounding leader.

Trent is Ohio’s third all-time leading scorer with 2,108 points and third all-time leading rebounder with 1,050 in just three seasons of play. Trent is Ohio’s all-time leader in career points per game (22.7 avg.).

Trent was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 1993 and also earned All-MAC first-team honors. Trent repeated as an All-MAC first team selection in 1994 and 1995, and also was named Honorable Mention All-American in 1995. Trent averaged 22.9 points and 12.8 rebounds as a junior in 1994-95, leading Ohio to a preseason NIT title and a berth in the postseason NIT.

Trent was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 11th overall selection of the 1995 NBA Draft and was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers. Trent went on to enjoy an 11-year NBA career averaging more than eight points and four rebounds per game with Portland, Toronto, Dallas, and Minnesota.

Trent graduated from Ohio University in 2011 following his NBA career with a degree in management. In 2012, Ohio retired Trent’s No. 20 jersey and he was inducted into the Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Trent is a positive role model for at-risk youth as Assistant Principal and Cultural Intervention Specialist at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn. Trent and his wife, Natalia, have four sons, Gary Jr., Garyson, Grayson and Graydon. The family resides in Apple Valley, Minn.

The MAC Hall of Fame was approved by the MAC Council of Presidents in 1987. The charter class was inducted in 1988 and subsequent classes were added in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994. After six induction classes, the MAC Hall of Fame maintained 52 members until it was reinstated in May of 2012. This year’s class brings the number of MAC Hall of Fame inductees to 65 individuals from eight classes.