The 2019 in-state basketball crop of talent has decreased by one, as Gray Collegiate’s Juwan Gary has decided to as he put it, “take his talents to Alabama”.
The 6-6 South Carolina native announced a commitment to the Crimson Tide on Friday, following the conclusion of the Peach Jam Classic in North Augusta.
Gary had a final five which included Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and NC State.
Alabama Head Coach Avery Johnson was a big influence in his commitment, telling assembled media Friday that Johnson is determined to make him ready for the pro level. Gray sees himself as a “one-and-done” prospect.
“Their style of play fits me very well,” Gary said. “Their style of play is fast, they get out and run in transition, but at the same time they have to play defense. But coach Avery Johnson, he likes to go out in more transition plays, got out there and get the ball, rebound and push it.”
When asked about not staying in-state, Gary as recently as June said he was not hearing from Frank Martin and South Carolina much, and that Clemson made a late push in the month of June as well. Gary said Friday he had a desire to leave the state, saying that when you stay home there can be distractions that take you away from the game of basketball.
Gary, who averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game last season, is the latest of a talented 2019 class to decide on a school, joining South Carolina commit, 6-2 PG Trae Hannibal. The three biggest in-state prospects left uncommitted are 6-6 Josiah James of Porter Gaud, 6-7 Christian Brown of Lower Richland, and 6-11 Malcolm Wilson of Ridge View.