When Chance Gray returned to school on Thursday, she received a hero’s welcome.
Gray, the star Winton Woods High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) point guard and Oregon signee, had been in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American game. Woods on Tuesday started and scored 14 points for the East in its 95-75 win over the West on ESPN2, a performance that earned her JWS Player of the Week honors and a triumphant return to school.
Gray was serenaded by the pep band as she walked through the doors, as well as classmates and teachers who lined up in the hall to show their appreciation. The senior, who transferred from Lakota West High School (West Chester, Ohio) before this year, shyly scratched her face as she took in the scene.
“I was just, like, shocked,” Gray said.
It does not get much better than this young lady! Humble, Extremely Talented Academically 4.1 weighted GPA and her basketball accomplishments speak for themselves. Stay grounded & mentally tough, Warrior Nation is so proud of you! @chancegrayy @WW_GBB @Fpcharger2 @OregonWBB pic.twitter.com/bLaP8DNIqt— @ermartin89 (@ermartin89) March 31, 2022
The 5-foot-9 Gray earned Gatorade Ohio Girls Basketball Player of the Year, and for good reason: She averaged 26.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game and brought the Warriors, coached by her father Carlton, to the regional semifinals.
Gray fancies herself an all-around player, but there’s no doubt her strength lies in her jump-shooting. Indeed, in the All-American game, Gray knocked down four 3-pointers.
As she lined up for the opening tip, alongside nine of the other best players in the nation, her father got emotional from his seat five rows behind the West bench.
“I was just happy for her,” Carlton said. “I know how much she works every single day.”
Father and daughter’s basketball relationship took on an even deeper role this season.
Gray played her first three years of high school at Lakota West under her coach Andy Fishman. But when her father, who was an assistant at Lakota West, got the job at Winton Woods, Gray transferred along with him. So did her sister, assistant coach Amber, who had also worked under Fishman at Lakota West.
So when Gray shone on court in Chicago, it was a high point for a basketball family.
“When you do that with the best of the best,” Carlton said, “you know it’s a confidence boost.”
Josh Needelman is the High School Sports Editor at Just Women’s Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JoshNeedelman.
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