Interest is starting to build in Elev8 Sports Institute (Delray Beach, Fla.) two-guard Jamall Gregory, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior who is originally from Washington, D.C. Gregory just picked up his first offer from DePaul Jan. 19 following his game that evening, and said Maryland has been showing increased interest as well.
“It felt real good to get that first offer. It was a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders,” said Gregory, who spent his first three high school seasons at Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) and his senior year at Coolidge (D.C.) before electing to do a prep year at Elve8. “I was real concerned about my recruiting and if I would get any offers at all, so I’m real thankful to the DePaul coaches.”
Gregory said he spoke to a DePaul assistant following his Jan. 19 game, and apparently the two have already set up a visit date.
“Their coach was telling me he liked how I played, how I hustled and how he wanted me in the program. He wants to get me up on campus,” Gregory said. “I’m trying to get up there when they play Providence [Jan. 27], so I’m looking forward to that. I already know a couple players and coaches [at DePaul], so it’s a school I’ll be looking at.”
The D.C. native admitted, however, that he’s hoping the Terps pull through. Maryland assistant Dustin Clark has known Gregory since his days at O’Connell, although he didn’t begin recruiting him in earnest until December 2014. Gregory shined at a tournament Elev8 participated in in Baltimore, and later performed well at another event in Virginia, catching Clark’s and head coach Mark Turgeon’s attention in the process (both coaches were on hand for the events).
“Coach Clark, we text a lot, and we’re always in touch,” Gregory said. “Him and Coach Turgeon, they’re saying how I bring intensity, they like how I rebound, how I defend and how I can get to the bucket. I’m not sure how close they are to actually offering, but I know they like me and they’re always in touch.
“Like, they keep asking how school is going and just making sure I’m watching their games, and just asking how I’m doing. It’s been good.”
Apparently Gregory has seen many of the Terps’ games this year. He witnessed one in person at the Xfinity Center over Christmas Break when he was home in D.C., and has watched a few on TV as well.
“Maryland is doing real well right now, and I like how they play,” Gregory said. “They’re an up-tempo team, which I like, but they also play team basketball too. Coach Turgeon, I love how he coaches and how he uses his guys. I feel like I could fit in well there.”
Gregory went on to say that he knows UMD freshmen Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley from his days in D.C. He’s also been on campus before and said he enjoyed the atmosphere in College Park, Md., and inside the Xfinity Center.
“Like a couple years ago, I just really started liking Maryland just being close to the school,” Gregory said. “I feel like they’re on their way to winning and doing big things. And, like, my family is up there, too, so it’s the hometown school. I’d really love to get an offer from them.”
It is possible said scholarship could materialize down the line. Turgeon and Co. were originally pursuing Gregory’s Elev8 teammate, Kobie Eubanks, but have since backed off. They now seem to be focused on either Midland (Texas) wing Maurice O’Field, whom Turgeon and Clark watched in person Jan. 19, or possibly Gregory.
“If Maryland offered, man that would be great,” Gregory said. “I don’t think I’d commit right away, but I’d definitely think about it. I’d definitely give it a lot of thought.”
Right now, Gregory doesn’t have any scheduled trips beyond his visit to DePaul Jan. 27. He said he plans to take an official visit to Maryland, however, provided the interest level remains genuine.
Gregory would like to have a college destination by February or March before signing in April.
So far this season, Elev8 is off to a 13-3 start, and while Gregory said he’s playing well, he’s unsure of his stats.
“I don’t know my points, rebounds or assists, but I do think I’ve been playing at a high level,” Gregory said. “My shot is getting better, and my decision making is getting better. I’m playing good defense and rebounding too. So I’m just looking to keep it up the rest of this year.”
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