By Jerry Del Priore
Two days before the PSAL Class A Boys basketball playoffs started, former Brooklyn High School for Law & Technology combo forward David Grady III fractured his left ankle in three places. It forced him to miss the entire postseason while the Jets went on to capture the Championship at St. John’s University.
Grady said the injury hampered his college recruiting process, as he even missed out on playing in high school senior showcase games. But the six-foot-five-inch, 185-pounder got his just deserts by making his college choice official yesterday by signing a letter of intent with the Division II CUNY Queens College Knights on a three-quarter athletic scholarship, with grants picking up the final quarter, he said.
Pressed into learning a new position with BHSLT after transferring from Nazareth High School in his senior year, plus overcoming his ankle injury, head coach Michael Levy said couldn’t be happier with Grady’s accomplishment. In addition, he said, Queens College is getting a quality player with a tremendous upside.
“I’m super proud of him, because it wasn’t easy for him,” Levy explained. “He had to learn a new position without a lot of time. He really fit right in with the school’s culture. His teachers liked him, and he was a good teammate. He has Division I talent. Queens College is a getting a steal with him.”
Grady admitted to growing anxious as he awaited word from a Division II school. He said he was in talks with a few D-III colleges, including SUNY College at Brockport, and even considered going the JUCO route if he needed. But he said it all worked out in the end and is now healthy and ready to play at the next level.
“I was a little nervous,” Grady said of waiting to hear where he would attend college. “I was thinking about it (JUCO) in the back of my mind. I spoke to a few D-III schools. But I’m ready, I’m excited. I can’t wait to go to Queens College and get my feet planted in their soil.”
Grady said the best part of inking with Queens College is that his family, especially his mom, can now see him on the hardwood on a regular basis, as he’ll be playing in more games, and a varied schedule, in college, all while being in proximity to Brooklyn.
“That’s a big deal,” he said of playing close to home. “My mom couldn’t come to see me (play) because of working so much. Now, everyone can see me play.”
Grady said he began shooting hoops as a kid, and his dad, David Grady Jr., who played for Brooklyn College in the 80s, was a huge influence on his basketball career. He said his father used to take him to watch him play all over New York City.
The younger Grady’s interest in the sport grew over time and he began competing on the court at ten years old. He spent his first three years at Nazareth and then transferred to BHSLT for his senior year due to Catholic high school’s high cost.
The Bedford Stuyvesant resident averaged a double-double of 13.13 points and 10.26 rebounds per game in 15 regular season contests with the Jets.
Though Grady didn’t get to participate in BHSLT’s playoff championship run, he said it was one of his best high school memories, as he’s played with some of his former teammates since the fifth grade.
“We were together since the fifth grade,” Grady said of star Larry Moreno, who will be attending Division I St. Francis College, and Victor Ogbo. “It all came together this year. It was a great experience.”