Trent Forrest accomplished just about everything that a Florida State player could in his career.
An Elite Eight. A Sweet 16. An ACC regular-season title. And 104 wins, the most in program history by a player.
Forrest said he felt like the only missing piece was a trip to the Final Four. The way the Seminoles were playing in the 2019-20 season, this felt like a team that could do it.
“That was probably the only thing I was down about because I felt like this is the year we would get there (to the Final Four) and be able to win it,” Forrest said on a teleconference with writers Wednesday afternoon.
FSU players were in the most bizarre of positions, warming up on the court nearly two weeks ago and preparing to play Clemson in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal. Just minutes before tip-off, the games in Greensboro, N.C., were called off.
The reality of the situation gradually hit – no ACC Tournament, no NCAA Tournament. A team that was built for a long run in the postseason, a team that showcased defense and depth, wouldn’t have its chance.
“We wanted to go out there and compete and we felt like we had a chance to win it all this year,” Forrest said. “We were all just devastated.”
His career won’t be defined by numbers, although 1,143 points, 562 rebounds, 455 assists and 224 steals make a point about his impact as a player. He also seemingly made the big plays at critical moments, especially in a senior season in which FSU was unbeaten at home and went 26-5.
Forrest said he does feel like it’s an incomplete ending to his college career. But moments later he said he quickly accepted the reality.
“I was able to come to peace with it pretty fast,” Forrest said. “I could just tell, had a feeling that we weren’t going to be able to play.”
He’s also trying to focus on the positives and the future as he prepares for an NBA career. Forrest is interviewing agents who will represent him in conversations with pro teams ahead of the NBA Draft on June 20.
And he is also adjusting to the challenges of working out with gyms across on campus and back home in Chipley, Fla., closed.
“I’ve been resting and getting a lot of treatment,” Forrest said. “The gym here is shut down. Even back home, gyms are shut down. It’s kind of hard to find a gym. … I can go running here. There is still stuff that I can do to stay in shape.”