Posted On: 03/6/18 11:58 AM
Trey McCray had a pretty good Saturday evening.
The 2019 The Rock guard took home the MVP award after scoring a game-high 20 points in his team’s 73-59 SIAA Final win over Victory Rock at DME.
A 5’10”, 158-pounder, McCray says at the beginning of the season, nobody would have predicted this kind of success for his team.
“With early adversity in the beginning of the season, we became closer as a team and really started to work well together,” McCray told Prep Hoops Florida. “We simply just wanted to prove everyone wrong that doubted us. Over the course of the season, I started to see my defensive game improve tremendously.
I have learned to play with “toughness” which is the foundation of our program at The Rock. We think of toughness as more than just being physical on the court, it’s about doing the right thing consistently regardless of the opposition.”
He called the feeling of winning the SIAA title an amazing one that he’s never experienced. McCray transferred over from Santa Fe High.
“Throughout the whole game, there was a feeling of urgency and pressure to maintain our lead against the very talented Victory Rock,” he said. “As the seconds began to count down from 10 the feeling was surreal. After the buzzer went off it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. During this special moment I was cherishing with my team I was announced MVP.
Being chosen as most valuable player of the SIAA State Tournament was a special moment for me because when I transferred to The Rock there was a lot of talk about me not being good enough to play in this league, so winning this award assured myself that I was where I belonged. And I would like to thank Coach Harden for believing in me and giving me a chance to play in this special program. I’m very blessed to be able to call myself a State Champion and I give all the glory to God.”
This week, The Rock heads out to Kentucky to participate in the Grind Session. McCray says he knows what it will take to win the final event of the season.
“You know every time you step on the floor you have to be locked in and ready to go,” he said. “We let some games slip away from us earlier in the season, so we just have to focus on doing the little things and do a better job of finishing close games.”
No offers have come yet for the sharpshooter, but he’s drawn interest from Mercer, UNF, Troy and USC Upstate. He says Merceer and USC Upstate have been showing him the most interest on a day to day basis.
He called himself a complete player, pointing to his biggest strengths as his basketball IQ, 3-pt shot, and mid-range game.
McCray is working on improving his finish around the basket and becoming a more vocal leader.
His effort this season, specifically in the SIAA Final on Saturday was very impressive. He was the most consistent scorer for his side. The Rock has so many athletes and the team got hot last year much like Oldsmar Christian did in this tournament. I expect McCray to have a nice summer and propel that into a few offers.