JG: It was definitely a unique experience. I think what stands out the most is having the trust of coach (Jeff) Davis. He gave me a lot of freedom to play my game and lead and I owe him for that.
In my first-ever game as a starter, I was a freshman. I wound up scoring 34 points. That moment really propelled me for the remainder of my career. During the next few years, since I had the experience factor I was able to be a leader. Beyond scoring, I looked to make my teammates better and facilitate.
ZS: You initially committed to play football at Pikeville (KY) as a defensive back. What led you to change your decision and focus on basketball instead?
JG: I actually signed with Pikeville early. I was not opposed to playing two sports in college originally. Coach (Randy) Casey reached out to me about playing a post-grad year and attaining a Division-1 scholarship.
He actually told me his own story, how he arrived at Fork Union Military Academy with no offers and had eight offers by the time his post-graduate season ended.
I was intrigued. I felt I was being overlooked by a lot of programs in Kentucky.
ZS: How would you describe your role on this year's post-graduate team?
JG: We've got a lot of talent I feel. As a lead guard, I've got to do whatever is best for us to get the win. Whether it is scoring, dishing, or getting a key defensive stop.
Winning is always translatable to gaining scholarship offers and the more you win, the better your chances are.
ZS: Which aspects sold you on the program at Believe?
JG: Knowing that I would be able to play on a highly-competitive team and surrounded by Division-1 talent. Also understanding the vision coach Casey and coach Tyson (Waterman) had for me here. You have to go where the system best fits you and of course where you will have the opportunity to be seen.