ATLANTA, Ga. (WMBB) – The Atlanta Hawks signed Chipley and Florida State alum Trent Forrest to a two-way contract on Monday morning.
Forrest spent the past two seasons with the Utah Jazz. He appeared in 60 games (six starts) this past season, averaging 3.3 points on 49.0 percent from the field, 1.8 assists, and 1.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per contest in 2021-22.
The 24-year-old guard said Monday afternoon that he is excited to learn under All-NBA guard Trae Young, and glad to be playing for the closest NBA organization to his hometown.
“I couldn’t ask for a better situation as far as being close to my family and friends,” Forrest said. “So, I feel like I still have yet to play my best basketball, so I definitely feel like that’s going to be next for me, and always going to have that same mentality of betting on myself. So, I definitely can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.”
At Florida State, Forrest finished out his four-year career as the winningest player in the program’s history (104).
Former Chipley head basketball coach, Mike Gates, said the Washington County community is thilled to have Forrest playing so close to home.
“When the news came out this morning that he was siging with the Hawks, I sent it to several people around town,” Gates said. “And you don’t know how excited they were to know he’s this close to home now. People ins Chipley love supporting Trent, Trent has been good to Chipley, he does a lot of good things for the cummunity.”
Forrest will be limited to 50 games during the regular season and will spend the remainder of his time with the College Park Skyhawks in the G League, unless the Hawks convert him to standard contract.
Per Atlanta Hawks policy, the terms of the contract agreement were not disclosed.