Gary Trent (born September 22, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on January 23, 1999.
Trent, a high school star in Columbus, shot 81.4% from the field during his senior season at Township High School, which is still a national high school record/
He attended Ohio University where he led not only his team but also the MAC in scoring all three seasons he played, Nicknamed "The Shaq Of The MAC", he also won the league's Player-of-the-Year award all three seasons, the only player in league history to do so.
A third-team Associated Press All-American selection his senior season, Trent helped Ohio win the Preseason NIT tournament in 1994. He still ranks 3rd all-time in points scored (2,108), 1st in scoring average (22.7 ppg), 3rd in field goals made (796), 3rd in rebounds (1,050) and 6th in blocks (105) at the school. He's also one of only 102 players who completed their college career with over 2,000 points and over 1,000 rebounds.
Declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft after his junior season, Trent was taken in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks who immediately traded his rights to the Portland Trail Blazers for their pick (another future Maverick) Shawn Respert.
Trent appeared in 69 games his rookie season, averaging 7.5 ppg and 3.4 rebounds. His numbers rose the next year to 10.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg as he played in all 82 of Portland's games.
The 1997-1998 campaign was split between Portland and Toronto where he continued to increase his averages culminating in a career-best 8.0 rebound average with the Raptors.
He signed with Dallas the following season, as a free agent, and scored a career-high 33 points for the Mavericks on April 10, 1999 against Golden State. Appearing in 45 games, Trent averaged a career-best 16.0 ppg.
The next season, 1999-2000, injuries limited Trent to only 11 games. After missing the first 22 games of the season with a torn left hamstring, he later missed an additional 47 games with a strained left groin. The next season was only marginally better as the 6'8 forward appeared in only 33 games. He missed the season's first 21 games with a left upper adductor muscle strain and the final 16 with a sprained left toe while posting the lowest numbers of his career averaging only four points per game and 2.8 boards.
Signing with Minnesota for the 2001-2002 season, Trent enjoyed three relatively healthy season with the Timberwolves helping lead them to the playoffs all three seasons. He was released following the 2004 season and signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bulls on October 5, 2004 but was released three weeks later just prior to the end of training camp.