Behind the Scenes on Recruiting Edwards and Gray
It’s signing day and that means across the nation, high school seniors are putting their pen to paper and signing National Letters of Intent. GoMason Blog decided to take a look at what went into bringing some of those players to Mason. In particular, Corey Edwards and Vaughn Gray, a pair of signees that will join the men’s basketball team next season.
The point man in recruiting both Edwards and Gray was assistant coach Michael Huger. The native New Yorker drew on his connections in pursuing both players, who are each rated top 60 in the nation at their position.
Huger knew Edwards’ father, David, from their days playing ball in NYC in the late 80s. David was from Queens and Huger grew up in Harlem and they faced each other in AAU games. David spent a year at Georgetown before transferring to Texas A&M. While with the Aggies, he set the school’s career mark for assists and steals and when his career ended in 1994, he was one of seven guys in NCAA history with 1,200 points, 650 assists, 250 steals and 400 rebounds.
Huger also had a connection to Vaughn Gray. The New Jersey native plays AAU ball for the New Jersey Playaz, the same team current Patriot Sherrod Wright played for. Huger got a call from their coach Jimmy Salmon, and he told Huger he had a player he need to come see. Both Edwards and Gray knew each other from AAU ball and both came on official visits during Mason Madness.
Needless to say, visiting Mason played a large role in both players committing to the Patriots. And as often happens, landing one often leads to landing another. In this case, signing a pure point guard like Edwards, a player who likes to pass the ball first, score second, certainly helped pave the way to signing Gray.
Want more Mason basketball? The men’s and women’s basketball virtual guides are online today. The men’s guide has some cool shots of freshmen Bryon Allen and Jonathan Arledge while the women’s guide has info on first-year players Ceirra Strickland, Joyous Tharrington and Christine Wiethman.