Gray has not slowed down after title run

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NORTH AUGUSTA --- Allisha Gray raced down the court, quickly studied the defender and then went past her with a single move.

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Washington County star Allisha Gray, playing with the Georgia Metros AAU team, hits a jump shot at the Nike Nationals. She is the only area player taking part in the event in North Augusta.  Corey Perrine/Staff
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Washington County star Allisha Gray, playing with the Georgia Metros AAU team, hits a jump shot at the Nike Nationals. She is the only area player taking part in the event in North Augusta.

It was just yet another successful play close to the rim for the rising junior.

"I jokingly sometimes call her 'Crash' because she can fall to the ground and still hit a shot and get the foul," Georgia Metros coach Matthew Huddleston said. "She's focused all times on the floor. You can see her eyes, her hands, her body -- she's always seeing what's going on defensively and offensively. She'll see openings on offense that other kids don't see."

After leading Washington County to a state championship as a sophomore, Gray has continued her strong play this summer with the Georgia Metros on the AAU circuit.

She is the lone area representative at this week's Nike Nationals, which are being played at the Riverview Park Activities Center and finish today.

Listed at 5-foot-11, Gray is ranked No. 14 overall in the 2013 class by HoopGurlz.

On Saturday morning, she helped the Metros beat Ring City, 54-36, by scoring all nine of her points in the first half.

"It feels great -- there's more competition," Gray said about the Nike Nationals. "I can get better out there. I have a good team, so I'm around good players and they make me better. That's why I've gotten better since the high school season."

In the Metros' second game on Saturday, a 58-51 win against the California Storm, Gray scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half.

Coaches like Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, Seton Hall's Anne Donovan and South Carolina's Dawn Staley were among those watching the games Saturday.

Gray said seeing the coaches was more fun than a pressure-maker.

She said she doesn't have a list regarding ranking her college choices. Some have offered, but Gray said she's going to keep that information "on the inside."

She won't make a decision until late in her junior year at the earliest. Gray's father, Allen, is Washington County's principal and a former coach.

He said his daughter has received about nine "verbalized" offers.

But more offers will be flooding in, as will the invites to camps.

Looking at Gray's prospects, Huddleston can see Gray going anywhere she wants.

"One of the things that excite college coaches is where she's at now is not where it ends," Huddleston said. "She still has more to work on. She's a great team player. She passes the ball as much as she shoots the ball. To have a kid who's that humble, gets out there and plays like that, you know you can work with her for four years and have a special result."

Today's schedule

at Riverview Park Activities Center

North Augusta

- Nationals Silver semifinals, 8 a.m.

- Nationals Gold semifinals, 9:30

- Juniors championship, 11

- Nationals Silver championship, 12:30 p.m.

- Nationals Gold championship, 2

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