2019 6-6 Juwan Gary of Gray Collegiate in Columbia saw his stock take off during his junior season when he led his team to its first ever state championship. His offer list includes USC, Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida, NC State, Texas A&M, Maryland, UNLV, Kansas, Georgia and Connecticut. The Gamecocks and Tigers are doing all they can to keep him home.
“Clemson has been taking to me and USC’s Frank Martin text me the day of the state championship game. Me and him been talking back and forth. South Carolina and Clemson are involved. UConn text me today. Coach Ollie has been calling me back and forth and having a good conversation with me and my family,” Gary said.
Gary has a current top five of USC, Clemson, UConn, NC State and Kansas in no order. He visited USC, Clemson and NC State during the season. He said Connecticut wants him to visit and he will travel up to Storrs. He plans to set official visits with his five favorites.
Gary said one of the things he likes most about Martin’s approach to him is it’s not all about hoops.
“He always tells me about how he cares about life, he doesn’t really care much about basketball because basketball is going to take care of itself,” he said. “He wants you to be a good citizen. Everything he talks about is about life, not about basketball. Academic wise, connection with my parents, being involved with my life, mainly all of that stuff. He’s going to push me in practice every day and not give me anything.”
Gary talked this week with Clemson assistant coach Steve Smith and he’s also visited with head coach Brad Brownell. The Tigers’ success this season, and their history of producing NBA talent at Gary’s position, have been strong selling points.
“They’ve produced wings for the NBA and that’s how they’re mainly getting their W’s right now because their wings are very good,” Gary said. “Both of the coaches there are very good coaches, they’ve got a good campus, a good team going on and the coaches bonding with the families and the players, so that’s what Clemson is talking about.”
Gary said his plan is sign this November.
This season Gary averaged 21 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.