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SoCalHoops Recruiting News

Langston Grady Signs LOI With
Big West's Boise State--(Apr. 14, 2000)

langston120.jpg (8625 bytes)Those of us who observed any portion of last summer's West Coast All-Star Camp (either session) will remember Langston Grady (6'-5" Sr. SG) from San Antonio, Texas, as the guy who won the slam dunk contest both sessions, and who also lit it up for both the Pump N Run Gold and Black teams at the adidas Big Time Tournament in Vegas and at the Pump's own "Best of Summer Tournament".   Langston wound up spending so much time in SoCal and with other SoCal-based players that we sort of feel like he's a native.   We got to know Langston pretty well last summer as one of the nicest, most polite and hardest working guys you'd ever want to meet.  Langston was the kind of guy who would be up before dawn, shooting in the gym, and he'd be there late at night, long after the last game had concluded. 

We just received word that Langston signed a Letter of Intent yesterday with Boise State of the Big West Conference.   This is a great get for Boise State; Langston is tremendously athletic, tough, runs the floor well, and has a great feel for the game.  Here's the official press release from the Boise State Athletic Department:

Boise State head men's basketball coach Rod Jensen has announced the signing of one high school senior to a national letter of intent. It brings Boise State's recruiting class of 2000 to two players, as the Broncos also signed another high school senior during last November's early signing period. 

Langston Grady is from John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas and will enroll at Boise State this fall. He is a 6-5, 180 pound shooting guard. Grady helped lead his high school to a 31-5 record and a berth into the quarter-finals of the 5A Texas state tournament this past season. As a senior, he averaged 15.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Grady earned all-tournament honors at three different in-season tournaments, while also earning first team all-city and first team All-Northside Independent School District honors. He was also honored as John Jay's Defensive M.V.P. as a senior. Grady was rated as the 39th best high school senior in his home state by TexasHoops.com.

"Langston is a gifted athlete, and a very smart player on the court," said John Jay High School head coach Romy Vela. "He had an outstanding senior season for us, but I still believe his best days are ahead of him in college. He certainly hasn't reached his basketball potential yet."

Grady helped lead John Jay High School to a 62-12 record during the past two seasons. A three-year basketball letterwinner, Grady was full-time starter as a junior and senior. As a junior, he averaged 12.0 points in earning second team all-district honors. He was also recruited by Baylor, Boston College and Southern Methodist, before signing with Boise State. 

"Langston played at the highest level of Texas prep basketball, and was part of a very successful team," said Boise State head coach Rod Jensen. "From an athletic standpoint, he is very impressive, and also combines that with great ball skills. That's a tough combination to find in young players, but with Langston we've hopefully found it."

Grady joins Kenny Gainous as incoming freshmen for Boise State next fall. Gainous was inked during last November's early signing period. The 6-8, 200 pound power forward recently completed his senior season at Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Washington. He averaged 13.2 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per outing in earning first team All-South Puget Sound League honors. Gainous also blocked 84 shots (3.5 per game) during the 1999-2000 season. His overall play earned him a nomination for the McDonald's High School All-America team.

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