TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida State basketball team is off to a strong start, with Chipley alum Trent Forrest playing a substantial role in his sophomore season.
There was a lot to acclimated to last season, including an arena and a town far bigger than what he was used to in Chipley. As it turns out though, the transition isn't a difficult as you might think.
"It's kind of the same, just on a larger scale," Forrest said. "Just more people. As a whole, everybody, when they see us, they speak to us. They come up to us, ask us for pictures and things. It's a great environment to be in here. All the fans and supporters are great."
The team is great as well. The Seminoles are 10-1, with Forrest ranking second on the team in assists, averaging nearly four per game. He's ratcheting up the defensive tenacity too. Forrest is tied with CJ Walker for the team lead with 1.7 steals per game, while scoring 6.5 points per contest.
Forrest's smooth sophomore transition is occurring off the court as well. FSU Hoops has a community service initiative that he plays an active role in, sending the guard and his teammates to events like Wedneday's lunch at the Kearney Center in Tallahassee, serving lunch to the homeless community.
Expectations are high for the entire team.
"We are a program that tries to do things the right way," head coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We recognize that we have a tremendous amount of responsibility, as a staff. When you're taking teenagers, guys that are 17-18 years old, from teenagers to young adulthood. When they leave you there's a tremendous amount of responsibility. And it's not all about just winning basketball games, it's about helping people grow into adulthood where they can have the tools to be succesful in life."
The Seminoles host Southern Miss Thursday at 2 p.m. eastern. Stay tuned for more from the NewsChannel 7 Sports Team's visit with Trent Forrest in the days ahead.