After some indecision about his college destination, RivalsHoops.com has been able to confirm that Gary Ervin has verbally committed to Mississippi State.
MSU head coach Rick Stansbury was on hand last night to watch Ervin at the Real Scout All-Star Classic at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
What does the SEC program get in this Brooklynite? Ervin is a tough lead guard who is extremely explosive off the dribble, blessed with some serious fast twitch muscles. Gary is an elite run and jump athlete in the class of 2003. He can break down opposing guards off the dribble, but also has proven that he can stroke the deep ball with regularity, even with hands in his face or under duress. There have been questions about Ervin's consistency shooting the ball, but he is reliable from behind the arc, if not a little streaky.
Ervin's passing skills are an underrated aspect of his game. He sees the floor well and despite having a reputation as a player who is out of control at times, generally makes good decisions.
The x-factor with Ervin? It's his intangibles. Gary possesses a great deal of charisma and is a natural leader. Players respect him and gravitate towards him. Ervin plays the game with a great deal of confidence, possessing a certain toughness and resilience that should help him in his battles in one of the top college conferences in the country.
The best thing about Ervin is that he is a great kid. We expect him to have a terrific career in Starkville.