By Scott Springer, email@example.com
WYOMING - A four-year varsity basketball player at Wyoming High School is heading to the home of four-star generals.
Lonnie Grayson, who recently surpassed 1,000 points in his Cowboy career, will take his arsenal of shots to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. The two-time Cincinnati Hills League Player of the Year plans to major in business while dunking and dribbling with discipline for the world-renown service academy along the scenic Hudson River.
Several Division II schools were after an early commit from Grayson, who wasn't quite sold on a fit. A West Point recruiter came to town and invited him to New York after seeing a workout.
However, the Black Knights picked up a couple of guard commits during that time. It appeared the Division I opportunity would not work out. Fortunately,one decommitted and another assistant was dispatched to Cincinnati to procure the services of "Leapin'" Lonnie.
"He ended up liking me a lot and they offered me," Grayson said. "After talking with my family and coaches about the great things and benefits that come with West Point, I decided to commit. It was an exciting and relaxing thing when I committed."
Free of the recruiting pressure, Grayson has led the Cowboys to the top of the CHL standings, where he hopes to snare a fourth straight league title. Wyoming shared the crown with Madeira his freshman year, won outright his sophomore year and shared with Indian Hill last season.
After a lopsided loss early in the 2015 campaign to Indian Hill, 61-36, the Cowboys returned the favor in February with a 70-44 thumping of the Braves to share the CHL lead. This season, they've already defeated Indian Hill in the home barn, with the return game set for Jan. 24.
"I think we have probably one of our best offensive teams," Grayson said. "We have a solid scorer in Joey (Edmonds). We have a solid big in Garyn (Prater), who can rebound, and basically all five starters can shoot the ball. On defense, our goal is to hold our opponent around 45."
Grayson is the only one without a sibling in the lineup. Sophomore Joey Edmonds is the younger brother of senior Jake Edmonds and both are sons of coach Tim Edmonds. Senior Garyn Prater's sophomore brother Evan Prater is the latest addition to the family affair.
The 6-foot-1 Grayson currently leads Wyoming in scoring, rebounding and assists and is second on the team in steals and blocks. On a good night, he gives coach Tim Edmonds around 20 points with seven to 10 rebounds and four assists.
Plus, he adds the occasional flare of an exhilarating slam dunk with enough "hops" to perhaps attract the Air Force, let alone the Army.
"That's one of the main things I focused on this off-season, my athleticism," Grayson said. "It makes it easier for me to score and it's been a big help on defense."
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