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Top-30 sophomore Trent Sisley talks his recruitment, recent visits

September 30, 2022

I took a quick trek to Lincoln City, IN to watch one of the nation’s top-rated sophomores, Trent Sisley.

Sisley attends Heritage Hills High School and had a very impressive season for the Patriots. In his freshman campaign, he finished with 19.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game. 

His role as a sophomore will increase even more. Sitting at practice on Thursday afternoon, Sisley and his team had a light day but Sisley and Co. ran shooting drills mid-practice and Sisley caught my eye, obviously. An elite shooter evidently, and it’s going to be a big part of his game this season.

In addition, at 6-foot-8, 195-pounds, Sisley provides a unique skill set, one that not many have in his class at his size. He’s got a great combination of size and skill, runs the floor super well, very fluid dribbler, and is also a three-level scorer.

He also plays for the Indy Heat. That 2025 Gymrat squad has a 1-2 punch of Sisley and fellow Indiana native Jalen Haralson. Sisley in my eyes had his breakout the last month of that AAU season and his recruitment has been a reflection of that.

Sisley earned scholarship offers from Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Iowa

We sat down in Heritage Hills on Thursday evening and he discussed his recruitment and game with

Which schools are heavily involved in your recruitment right now?

“IU, Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Iowa. Pretty much the five schools who have offered me.”

Are any new schools in the mix?

“Auburn a little bit, Tennessee a little bit also, and Cincinnati.”

Michigan State, thoughts on them and your recent visit?

“Yeah, it was good. They offered me during my unofficial visit. So, it was good to sit down with him finally. The visit was good, we played open gym with the team. A few other recruits were there, Trey McKenney and EJ Walker.”

How’d that go?

“I got a few buckets in (laughs).”

Ohio State?

“It’s been really good. I’ve talked to Coach Holtmann and Coach Owens. I went up there for a visit right before football season so I didn’t get to go to a football game but I got to see a practice and toured all the facilities.”

Indiana, your local school, thoughts on them?

“It’s been really good so far, they were also involved super early with me. They were my second offer. With Woodson, he came from the NBA and he could obviously get people there. I think he’s done a great job turning it around so far.”


“I liked it there. I was up there when they played Iowa State, so they had a big rivalry football game going on. I watched practice, same thing there, and toured the facilities.”

Purdue, and what’s your relationship with Matt Painter?

“It was good, that was my first visit on August 1st. They were my first offer. I think it’s really good so far, you know. He was involved super early, I got it [the offer] before I played any basketball games [my freshman year], so it was just crazy at that time and they’ve been on me consistently since that time. They also came down here a few times.”

Does anyone else plan on coming up before the season starts?

“Yeah, I think Michigan State said they were gonna try and come down for a workout, Iowa was gonna come but they had recruits on campus so they didn’t come. That’s really it, I think.”

Anymore visits?

“I’m going to Hoosier Hysteria.”

Breakdown your game.

“Probably like a college wing. A three, four that can shoot it. I think I’m pretty athletic.”

Any parts of your game you want to improve on this season?

“Probably creating my own shot off the dribble. Coming off ball screens. Still my defense, always. Really just that, creating my own shot, and getting good looks.”

What are your goals on the court with your team this year?

“Really just to lead, we got some younger guys, we’ve got a freshman starting for us too. So really just lead, kinda just how I was taken in last year as a freshman. Be a role model to them, obviously win, and get a sectional championship.”

Discuss your AAU teammate Jalen Haralson, possible team up?

“We haven’t talked about that. We do share similar offers, so that could be a possibility if we wanted it to be.”

Playing with him, what’s that like?

“I love playing with him. He’s so good at sharing the ball and getting his teammates good looks. he’s a bigger point guard, he’s elite, that’s a word to describe him.”

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