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Posted On: 02/27/18 7:52 PM
Among a handful of seniors in the state of Wisconsin who are still eyeing their next move, Brown Deer 2018 point guard Jay Gentry has the attention of numerous schools across all levels this season. However, Gentry is still trying to reel in his first scholarship offer, despite putting up huge numbers in 2017-18.
“It’s been very frustrating for me,” Gentry told Prep Hoops. “I know I’m putting the work to get the offers. For it not to come yet, it’s frustrating.
“But, it motivates me to keep going and keep getting these ‘W’s. I know soon enough the hard work is going to pay off.”
Averaging 29.6 points per game, Gentry is hearing from Division 1 programs Holy Cross and South Dakota State.
“Holy Cross, you need a 28 for the ACT,” he said. “I have to retake that and go from there.
“South Dakota State, has been saying they’re going to keep watching me.”
Division 2’s Rockhurst and Southern Connecticut State are also evaluating Gentry. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound floor general could be close to his first offer from the Hawks.
“We talk three times a week, at least,” Gentry stated. “They like my game. They want to get me up for a visit after the season and work out with the team, visit the campus.”
Junior college could be a potential option for Gentry as well. Kirkwood, Central Wyoming, Central Arizona, Baker University and more are all waiting to potentially scoop up Gentry.
“That would be another route, something I would consider,” he said. “My first options would be an offer from a D1 or D2 school.”
A high volume scorer that rises to the occasion in the biggest moments, Gentry is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor this season. Leading Brown Deer to a 19-3 overall record and a 1-seed in the WIAA Division 3 State Tournament, Gentry is also posting 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.
Following his senior season with hopefully scholarship offers in hand, Gentry will take a stronger look at his recruitment.
“I just want a program where the coach believes in me and my abilities,” he said. “I want a trusting relationship with my coach on and off the floor.”