Aaron Gray, a 6-11, 280 pound center from Emmaus H.S. in Emmaus, Penn., has attracted quite a bit of interest this spring from big-time college programs.
Gray helped the 3-on-3 Enterprises team [aka Sonny Hill Seniors] reach the semifinals of the Open Division at the Hoop Group/Converse Jam Fest last weekend in Providence, R.I.
Though he'll need to become more assertive on the offensive end, Gray is a huge physical obstacle for defenders to get around, and he can also alter shots flat-footed. Perhaps the biggest issue with him will be conditioning, as he tends to be less effective in fast paced games.
On the plus side, he's got good hands and foot work, meaning that the potential is there for him to become a potent offensive force down the road.
Gray told the Insiders Report/Rivalshoops.com that he has been offered thus far by St. Joseph's and Penn State. In addition to the two Keystone State schools, Gray said he is also considering LaSalle, Florida State, Maryland, Rutgers, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Drexel.
Gray averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.5 blocks per game for Emmaus this past winter. He first came to the attention of the Insiders Report last summer at the Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament, where he played with the Keystone Blazers, and again at the Charlie Weber Tournament in September [with the Jersey Shore Warriors].
In addition to playing with 3-on-3, Gray said he will also play with the Blazers in some upcoming events, and has committed to play with Rick Barrett's Gym Rats program at the adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas.
Gray said he will attend the adidas ABCD Camp in New Jersey come July, and also hopes to attend a session of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Clinic.
Gray said he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT for the first time in June.
Rivalshoops will keep you posted on Gray and many of the other top prospects in the Class of 2003 in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!