Home for holiday hoops; Trent Forrest welcomed back for Emerald Coast Classic

NICEVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - There's no place like home.

Florida State senior Trent Forrest hasn't been far from his home in Chipley, but he's a bit closer this weekend, playing in the Emerald Coast Classic.

The Seminoles arrived Wednesday night and practiced Thursday morning ahead of Friday night's game against No. 17 Tennessee and Saturday's clash against either No. 20 VCU or Purdue.

Expect a lot of garnet and gold inside Northwest Florida State College's Raider Arena and a lot of people who know Trent.

"I've been trying to get all the tickets that I could from my teammates so I definitely have a lot of friends and family coming," Forrest said. "I mean those guys, they're always checking in on me, making sure I'm straight. It's definitely going to be good to see them, definitely for this holiday."

Niceville is about an hour west of Chipley and Chipley is about an hour and a half west of Tallahassee, so Forrest has never been that far away to begin with. FSU's proximity is a huge reason he wound up signing there in the first place.

"It's very important," Forrest recalled. "I knew if I went kind of far away, my parents would only get to see me play probably once or twice a year. I definitely wanted it to be in my college decision so they could see me at least a few times out of the year if not all the time. Florida State was a perfect fit for that."

The decision has been mutually beneficial. He chose FSU his junior year of high school, prior to winning a state championship at Chipley. Continuing on the family's legacy as students and athletes at FSU, Forrest continued to improve over three years and was rewarded with team captaincy ahead of the 2019 season.

Through six games, Forrest leads the Noles in assists and with 12.2 points per game sits one point shy of the team lead. He admits he has matured as a person and a player, leading him to his current spot as a leader.

"Sticking your nose in the ground, working hard your first couple of years, doing what you have to do as underclassmen to get to where you want to be your junior and senior years," Forrest explained. "I feel like the coaches and my teammates, they have the trust in me being here for a few years now knowing how things work, so it just comes with time and just gaining the respect of your teammates."

Tip time Friday is schedule for 6pm.

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