The North Lamar Panthers will begin district play Friday night as they host Atlanta. North Lamar is looking to reach the playoffs again after finishing first in the district two years ago and second last season. One of the reasons for their success is the play of junior Menderiz Gray.
The two-sport athlete has really upped his game this year after coming on strong last season. Gray was a pivotal player in the North Lamar football season this year and his role has changed on the court as well.
"His maturity has really improved alot. I'm really impressed by his game management. Both offensively and defensively he's improved as a player. He's a team player and I've seen a lot of growth in this year." - coach Homer Garner talking about Menderiz.
Having attended North Lamar his whole life, Gray started playing basketball in the 5th grade. He says he enjoys having fun out there and getting closer to his teammates. When asked about coach Garner, Menderiz responds:
"He has taught me to play with a great mind, never keep your head down and help others around you get better."
He says his favorite subject in school is probably history. Although he doesn't know for sure what school he will attend, he is starting to look forward after High School.
"I'd like to try and be a coach."
For now, though, the junior enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his friends during his free time. Although, between studies, basketball and football there isn'a ton of free time right now. For now, though, it's all business as Menderiz and the Panthers begin district play.