Cleveland native Sam Gregory has decided to continue his education and basketball career at Maryville College.
A recent Bradley Central graduate, the 6-foot, 6-inch Gregory patrolled the paint for the Bears his senior season after transferring from Walker Valley and sitting out varsity play for a year.
Gregory hit 45-of-94 of his shots from the field and 60 percent (28-of-47) of his free throws. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds while playing in 22 of Bradley’s 28 games this past season.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Chuck Clark, the Bears finished the campaign with a 16-12 record, including a 10-2 mark to claim the District 5-AAA regular season title. Bradley also advanced to the Region 3-AAA semifinals.
“Sam has the size and the strength to play in college. He plays hard and is motivated to work on his game,” stated Maryville head coach Randy Lambert.
“We need a year or two to develop his skills, and he should be prepared to help us at the post position,” he added. “Sam seems to be ready for the challenge and has the positive attitude to develop into a college player.”
One of 11 commitments to the NCAA Division III program so far this year, Gregory is joining the Scots basketball program that finished the 2013-14 year with an 18-8 record in its second season in the USA South Athletic Conference. The Scots won the regular season championship with a 13-1 record.
Voted by his peers as the Conference Coach of the Year, Lambert has sent his squads to the NCAA D-III national tournament on 18 occasions since the 1990-91 season. He has been at the helm of the Maryville College program for 34 seasons and has 620 wins to his credit — all at his alma mater.
Founded in 1819, Maryville College is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.