Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIAMekhi Gray, the 6-foot-4 left-handed shooting guard from Putnam Science Academy (CT) and the PSA Cardinals, has committed to New Jersey Institute of Technology, he told ZAGSBLOG.
Gray chose NJIT over Fairfield, St. Bonaventure and Siena. Led by coach Brian Kennedy, NJIT plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The school is about an hour from his home in Montrose, N.Y.
“I’m going to be committing to New Jersey Institute of Technology,” Gray said by phone. “It’s a higher level of basketball in my opinion and I’ll be able to have a better chance of playing against higher competition schools and get more exposure.”
He visited Siena (Sept. 27-29), NJIT (Oct. 5-7), St. Bonaventure (Oct. 12-14) and Fairfield (Oct. 18-20).
As for what skillset he will bring, Gray said, “They said I’ll have a real good chance of starting and just be a dominant scorer for them.”
Gray is the eighth PSA Cardinal to commit to a D-1 school this year.
“Mekhi is a long, super athletic wing who understands how to play the game the right way,” said PSA Cardinals coach Isaac Green. “He’s unselfish on offense and defense and is as good of a teammate as you can find.”
Said Putnam Science assistant coach Josh Scraba: “Mekhi is a kid that walked into Putnam Science and hasn’t left the gym since. We haven’t had many guys tackle a post0grad year like Mekhi has. With his motor, IQ and being a lefty, he will just continue to elevate his game in college.”
Added PSA Cardinals coach Jon DeJesus: “Mekhi is a tremendous athlete and lock-down defender. He’s improved his outside shooting and overall offensive skillset. All of these things will translate on the next level. Whichever program he chooses, is not only getting a really good basketball player, they are getting a great young man.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.