HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Melyia Grayson usually towers over her competition at 6-foot-2. She put up 9 points, 16 boards and 8 blocks in Hattiesburg's Class 5A state championship victory over West Jones. Oh yeah, she's just a sophomore.
You can expect to hear more from the reserved hooper. Grayson is already collecting offers from programs such as Arkansas, North Carolina State and Tennessee State. Her latest offer came from Ole Miss.
"It shows that my work has paid off," Grayson said of the attention she's receiving.
The offer is one of the first for the Lady Rebels since the hiring of Yolett McPhee-McCuin as head coach.
"It's big for the new coaching staff," South Mississippi Elite coach Burnell Wesco said. "The new head coach, her first day on the job she made it her business to offer her so that's huge. When you think about a new coach trying to go in a new direction and trying to establish herself in the state with in state players so it was huge to go after probably arguably the top player in that class so I think that's huge. That's huge for the state and also for Melyia."
Grayson is poised to get more attention after playing on the summer AAU circuit with South Mississippi Elite. The team will play in the Deep South Classic next week in North Carolina. Grayson will visit NC State and Duke while on the trip.
"It's very important," Grayson said of playing summer ball. So I can know how it's going to feel when I do play in college."
Aside from playing against tough competition in front of college scouts, Grayson and Wesco agree on what needs to be worked on during the summer.
"Biggest thing is footwork," Wesco said. "Make sure she's moving her feet good on defense. We'll work on moving her feet better, getting in better position and rebounding. Also running the floor and finishing. When you're on that BCS level you've got to be able to run the floor. You've got to be able to finish in traffic.
"She can shoot the ball. She can dribble the ball. She can handle the ball very well for a post player so those things are not major stepping stones for her but the little detail things we'll work on and continue to polish her up and get her ready."