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Gary Trent Earns Hall Of Fame Nod At MAC Honors Dinner

Trent is the only three-time MAC Player of the Year in conference history.

May 31, 2013

CLEVELAND - Former Ohio University forward Gary Trent was one of seven athletes inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame Thursday evening as part of a special ceremony at the MAC Honors Dinner in Cleveland, Ohio.

Trent was honored Thursday along with 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).

"I appreciate everything that Ohio University has done and the way the University has supported me," Trent said. "This award is an accomplishment and sums up the body of hard work I put in and the staff put in. I had a lot of people at Ohio that believed in me."

“We would like to congratulate Gary Trent on being inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame," Ohio University Director of Athletics Jim Schaus said. "Gary is one of the greatest athletes to ever play in this league and we are so proud to call him one of our own here at Ohio University.”

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.


Gary Trent Interview Excerpts:

"It's great 20 years later to be rewarded for something you accomplished so long ago. It helps me reflect back to the fundamentals of hard work, dedication, ambition and passion toward something. It's reaping benefits in my life now."

"I had a chance to grow as an individual and a person at Ohio University. You're born with great athleticism and hard work will enhance that, but from a societal standpoint - understanding life - and from a growth standpoint, Ohio University prepared me to go into the world.

"The people before me in my life weren't academically involved in high school and in college. I learned a lot of that on my own. Ohio prepared me for a lot of life ahead of me I didn't know existed. It was grear and I can say that attending Ohio University saved my life."

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