Updated Thu, Apr 18, 2013 2:16 pm
The Mid-American Conference announced Thursday the 2013 class that will be inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame. Former Ohio men’s basketball legend Gary Trent is among the seven that will be inducted on May 30, 2013.
Trent had one of the greatest careers as a Bobcat, even though it was cut short by his decision to enter the NBA after his junior season. The “Shaq of the MAC” remains as one of three players in conference history to finish his career with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. He’s also the only three-time MAC Player of the Year.
Trent’s domination began as a freshman, as he was named MAC Freshman of the Year and was also First Team All-MAC. The forward dominated the next two seasons, becoming a three-time First Team All-MAC honoree. He also was named Honorable Mention All-American in 1995 after averaging 22.9 points and 12.8 rebounds.
After leading the Bobcats to a preseason NIT title and berth in the postseason NIT, Trent chose to enter the 1995 NBA Draft, where he was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 11th overall pick and was dealt immediately to the Portland Trail Blazers. Trent played 11 years in the NBA with four teams – Portland, Toronto, Dallas, and Minnesota – and averaged a touch over eight points and four rebounds per game.
In 2012, Trent’s No. 20 Ohio jersey was retired, and he was inducted into the Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame. He graduated from Ohio University in 2011 with a degree in management.