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Reflecting on Trent Forrest’s legacy

The big heart from a small town

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

I keep telling everyone that Trent represents what the Unconquered spirit really means. He’s a warrior. He’s a Seminole through and through. He represents what the student-athlete is supposed to be about. If you look in the Webster Dictionary and you see student-athlete, his picture is right next to it, with a Seminole on his shirt. He’s a good student. He’s a good leader, very well respected. He probably could run for mayor, as a right-end candidate in Chipley and win by a landslide. Everyone who knows him and everyone whose been around him, whose come in contact with him recognizes that specialness about him. For years to come, he will make the Seminole nation very proud; whatever he does, wherever he goes. He also sets a standard above where all of our other players will be measured by. Graduated from school, he’s in graduate school, academic awards. He’s a true Seminole. He’s part of the FSU legacy, Amp Lee’s cousin, his mother’s name is Barbra Lee, so we have a history. In his delivery last night, he was talking about when we first started watching him play. He was in the eight grade. So he didn’t have a choice to join up with the Seminole nation. I’m so proud of him. I can’t tell you how much he’s meant to our program, the winningest player in the history of our program, speaks for itself.

-Coach Leonard Hamilton

Trent Forrest.

Third in FSU history for steals and games played. Fifth in assists. Tenth in free throws made. Top-25 in rebounds. Three 25+ win seasons. One Elite Eight appearance. Multiple appearances on the academic honor roll. Skip Prosser Award for best scholar-athlete.

The list goes on.

These records and awards help signify the type of player and student Trent Forrest is, but they merely scratch the surface of the man he has become in his four years at Florida State University.

The ideal player for Leonard Hamilton is someone who is hard-working, caring, well-spoken, and above all else a person who leads on and off the court. In short, the ideal person for FSU basketball is Trent Forrest.

There are few words that can do justice for this man. The time and hours he spent developing his craft, the time he spent as a role model for younger teammates, and the time he devoted to the classroom can only be felt by the broad impact he has made on this program, and the wake he’ll leave behind.

As Seminole fans, we should be grateful for the small town of Chipley, Florida, and the person they’ve let us borrow the last four years.

I’ll never be able to do Trent his due justice, but I thought I’d make a video of some of his top plays and games over the years to remember him by:

Today will be an emotional day for any Seminole, and it’s one we should be grateful we get to spend with #3.