TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Trent Forrest was a household name in Chipley – now he is trying to make a name for himself at Florida State University.
“It was so much different than what I was used to,” Forrest says.
As a true freshman, FSU Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has called his number quickly, and from the moment Forrest stepped on campus, he’s done nothing but impress.
"For a freshman making that much of an impact on a team like our team, that's a big deal," says teammate Michael Ojo.
Florida State is 16-1 on the season with a team full of impact freshman, and its Trent's effort on the defensive end that’s helped lead the Noles to their best start in school history.
"We have enough scorers and athletes around the floor so I just try to bring energy and play defense," Forrest says of his role on the team.
Coach Hamilton has trusted Trent to get the job done.
"I think what separates Trent is that he has a great feel for the game,” Hamilton says, “He has a God-given instinct on how to play and how to make good decisions."
Off the court, Trent is fitting in well. He is roommates with their Nigerian center, Michael Ojo, who has helped him adjust to the world of being a college athlete.
"We talk about a lot outside of sports. About life, music, and anything in the ally," Ojo says.
"Its been really good. Its good learning about Ojo and his background and where he is from, and at the same time its good for him to learn about Chipley, a place he has probably never heard from in his life," Forrest adds.
Even with all of his success in Tallahassee, Trent will never forget where he came from.
"I want to be an example for the younger kids coming up,” Forrest explains, “To show them that anything they want to do in life they can do it. No matter if they are from Chipley or wherever they are from, anything is possible."
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