Posted On: 03/26/18 4:30 PM
It was quite the state tournament for Rickards senior guard Vincent McCray. He made scoring in bunches atop priority.
The 6’0″, 165-pounder took it upon himself to score at will earlier this month. He scored 17 of his team-high 25 points in the third quarter of the Class 6A semifinal win over Palatka. He followed that up with a 24-point outing, scoring 20 points in the second half in the final, a 71-62 loss to defending champion Leesburg.
McCray called his senior campaign a great one.
“The road to Lakeland was amazing. I had people telling me I couldn’t lead a team to state,” McCray told Prep Hoops Florida. “I was confident with my team this summer because we worked so hard in the offseason. Throughout my high school career, I learned how to control the game and more. This year, I learned how to do things more without scoring as much when teams box and 1 this year.”
One offer is on McCray’s table currently from Shaw University. Due to his showing at states, he’s earned interest from Polk State, West Florida, West Alabama and Southeastern. Over his school’s spring break (March 13), McCray visited the University of Tampa.
Over the summer, he played for the Eklektos Elite, appearing in two tournaments scoring 30 points in one game and 20 plus points in four other games. It marked the first time that McCray played travel ball. He helps to make things easier for his mom so he worked out, lifted and trained with his coaches in his normal summers.
In terms of his biggest strength, McCray pointed to his ability to compete and score. He called his defense great but says he wants to get better to have a chance at the next level so he can make an immediate impact.
During crunch time, it was harder to pick someone else who was better than McCray during the state tournament in Lakeland. His ability to stretch the floor from outside and score at will in the second half when it mattered most was simply undeniable. He’ll latch on somewhere and the program that brings him in won’t regret the addition of the savvy leader.
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