ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Denzel Gregg, a 6-7 forward from Syracuse, N.Y. who has played the last two years at prestigious prep school St. Thomas More in Connecticut, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the St. Bonaventure men's basketball program, head coach Mark Schmidt announced Monday.
Following a standout career at his hometown Bishop Grimes High School, Gregg transitioned to St. Thomas More and helped guide the Chancellors to a 24-8 record and a spot in the National Prep School Tournament semifinals this past season. On a team with multiple Division-I commitments and 10 total players who received scholarships to play basketball, Gregg averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game. He will have four years of eligibility with the Bonnies, beginning this fall.
"We're most excited about Denzel's tremendous upside," Schmidt said of Gregg, who is still just 17 years old. "He's a long, athletic forward whose versatility will allow him to guard multiple positions at the defensive end and create mismatches on the offensive side of the ball."
ESPN College Basketball analysts graded Gregg as one the top-125 class of 2013 forwards in the nation, and the New England Basketball Recruiting Report ranked him as the No. 22 overall prospect in his class.
An ESPN analyst had the following to say about the 195-pound senior: "Gregg is an explosive athlete with incredible leaping ability. He's as quick off his feet as he is high above the rim, a terrific lob catcher and the type of finisher who can instantly change the momentum of a game."
Gregg – who plans to major in Business at St. Bonaventure and would like to pursue a Master's degree – scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds in St. Thomas More's win over defending National Prep School champions Brewster Academy in December.
Gregg is the first commitment this year to join the Bonnies, who return eight letterwinners and two starters from last year's team, and welcome 7-footer Matthias Runs, who sat out the 2012-13 season.