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Posted On: 08/25/18 12:00 PM
Midwest City point guard Jaden “JD” Ray has brought his game to a new level this offseason. At 5-foot-9 inches, Ray does not have the greatest stature on the floor — but his game speaks for itself. He is the no. 20 overall Oklahoma player in the class of 2019.
Ray plays for Team Griffin 17U, where he has been able to develop his skill alongside and against some of the top young talents in the region.
“My goals this offseason are to become a better leader on and off the court,” Ray says.
Ray has an immediate impact when he steps on the floor. Defensively, he gives ball-handlers fits with his quick hands, lateral quickness, acceleration, and basketball IQ. He rarely gets broken off and your team is bound to get steals when he is on the court.
Offensively, Ray is known for pushing the ball up the floor fast and compromising opposing, lock-down defenders with his speed. He can catch and shoot at a high level and passes the ball very well. He plays well off-ball as well with his awareness and cutting talents.
“The best parts of my game are to use my quickness to get to the basket and be able to pass,” says Ray. “I am able to play great defense.”
Ray hopes to continue the improvements to his game that he started on during the July live period.
“I’m working on knocking down open shots more consistently and to use my floater,” says Ray.
Ray hopes to lead Midwest City to its first State Tournament appearance since 2017.
“My goal for my team is trying to make state and hopefully win one for (Midwest City),” says Ray.
An interesting fact about Ray is that he was a quarterback and running back but ultimately gave up football to pursue his basketball goals.
“I started to focus on basketball,” says Ray.
For more information, email Matt@prephoops.com.