Posted On: 04/15/18 12:45 PM
The only thing that matters to Savion Gray is winning, and that selflessness has allowed him to become one of the better all-around players in the Metro Detroit area.
The 5-foot-9 Taylor Kennedy guard averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals per game this season. Gray isn’t ranked, but he’s only used that as motivation to get to where he wants to be.
“Being underrated has helped me a lot,” Gray said. “It made me push myself harder and work to be better than everyone, especially when I walk into a gym and everyone says they came to watch me because I’m an exciting, energetic player.”
When I watch Gray play, I feel like I’m watching a mini version of DeMar DeRozan. He impacts the game in so many ways and his mid-range game is nearly impossible to stop. He’s also very good at reading defenses and finding open teammates cutting to the basket or on the perimeter.
Gray is very quick and aggressive on the defensive end, which allows him to jump into passing lanes and come away with steals. At times, he can be a little too aggressive, but he’s very good at getting back in front of his man and playing tough, hard nosed defense.
At the moment, Gray doesn’t have any offers, but he did visit Grand View University with his AAU coaches and a couple of teammates. Gray knows he has a lot of work to do to reach his goals of playing at the next level, but his versatility and win first attitude would be a good fit for any college program.
“When it comes to basketball, I play to win not to get the spotlight. I’d rather pass to the open man than shoot with three people guarding me,” Gray said.
As the AAU season gets going, Gray is hoping to build up as many offers as he can and put his team, the Downriver BadBoyz, on the map. The BadBoyz recently won the Midwest Spring Invitational.
Gray had a good junior season, but 2019 could be his coming out party, and whoever lands him will be getting a versatile wing with a winners mentality.
“My goal is to be in the NBA, but that’s everyone’s dream. I want basketball to take me as far as it can. Ill play overseas. I love the game, so I’ll go wherever it takes me, especially if I can gain as much knowledge as I can to teach my future son,” Gray said.