County, state, and regional all-star games dominate the D.C.-area high school basketball schedule in the weeks after the postseason winds down, filling the void between the high school and AAU seasons with plenty of high-level action. Though they may be exhibition games, the showcases still have stakes for players hoping to bolster recruiting resumes. Just ask Suitland forward Gerard Gray, who entered last month’s Prince George’s County Senior All-Star game with interest from a few schools, but still hoping for more options.
The 6-4 forward showed swingman-type versatility in that game, knocking down threes and displaying skill with the dribble. A coach from Franklin Pierce (N.H.), a perennial Division II tournament contender sat in the stands and asked the fan sitting in front of him if he knew who Gray was. Fortuitously, the man was Gray’s cousin, and the connection was made. Twenty-four hours later, Franklin Pierce had offered Gray a scholarship.
“I did some things in that game I didn’t do during the season as far as shooting threes and showed everybody that I could do more things than post up,” Gray said. “So I guess they were impressed with the way I played that day.”
After visiting the school this weekend, Gray committed to play for the Ravens, who finished in the Sweet 16 last year, his college path altered by a game that was just an exhibition, but served as a good opportunity for college coaches to see Prince George’s County’s best compete against other top competition.
“The coaches came to that game to see the talent in Prince George’s County,” Gray said. “I was lucky. I guess I stood out to them that day.”
Gray stood out for the Rams all season, averaging nearly 17 points per game, third most in Prince George’s 4A. He also provided clutch points late despite being in foul trouble in Suitland’s upset win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the first round of the Maryland 4A playoffs, and scored 36 points in a February game against Laurel.
A few of Gray’s fellow Prince George’s County all-stars have also committed during or since the 2013-14 season:
Emmanuel Nwude, Parkdale — Goldey-Beacom
Trae Butler, Eleanor Roosevelt — University of D.C.
Jelan Sloan, Wise — Mount Zion Prep (Baltimore)
Dayjar Dickson, Potomac — Niagara University
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