Gary Ervin: One Of The Best In 2002

Robeson's Gary Ervin lit up Grady for 25 points,
including 11 of 12 free throws while fueling his
team's high-octane offense in an 85-44 blowout win
over Grady in the PSAL semifinals Saturday at St.
John's University.
The exuberant point man opened the scoring by
swishing a three and helped ignite an early 8-0 run
with another three-pointer and a steal and lay-in, as
Robeson gapped Jack Ringel's crew early. Ervin danced
through traffic and thrived in the transition game,
darting past defenders and blowing past opponents off
the break. Ervin is a terror in transition, possessing
a lightning bolt in the open floor.
Heading into next weekend's championship match-up
with Lincoln, Ervin isn't focusing on his match-up
with precocious point Sebastian Telfair or any of the
hype surrounding the game.
"The only thing I'm worried about is winning a
championship," said Ervin. "We've been there before,
so we know what to expect."
Ervin is a fearless floor leader and outstanding
athlete, exploding off the floor for rebounds and
tearing up court off the break. One of the more
underrated talents in the New York Metro area, Ervin,
who is averaging 28 points, nearly 10 assists and five
rebounds, vividly remembers his team's last trip to
the Garden, when they dropped the 2001 PSAL
Championship to Grady.
"It was a hurtful feeling, one that I don't know I
can handle again," said Ervin. "I'm going to do
everything in my power to bring confidence to my
teammates to make sure the same thing doesn't happen
"Right now the records are 0-0," said Ervin. "May
the best team win."