January 27, 2013

PG Rayson is one of the top scorers in Texas

Watching the success of UNC-Greensboro transfer Kyle Randall and freshman Chris Fowler at the point guard position, one can't help but think the Chippewas will be successful at recruiting the position. And that's not simply a thought, as CMU has already inked a talented point guard prospect for the class of 2013.

West Mesquite (TX) point guard Braylon Rayson verbally committed to Central Michigan back in August, and he would later sign his LOI to make it official. Somewhat overlooked by programs despite averaging 16.2 points and 4.8 assists per game, CMU would end up fending off programs such as TCU, South Carolina, Boise State and LIU-Brooklyn for his services. At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds with a 37-inch vertical, he is one of the top scorers in the entire state, averaging 30.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a senior. To top it off, he has the Wranglers off to a terrific 19-8 record this season.

"We are having a great season, one of the best in school history," added Rayson. "We're just looking to continue working and get better."

As a junior, Rayson was named the District 14-4A player of the year and also earned all-state honors. A 91% free throw shooter, he selected the Chippewas due to several factors, including the up-tempo offense.

"I picked them because I really love the college," said Rayson. "They have a great campus and the facilities were really nice. But the biggest thing was, everyone there just seemed like a family. I was able to meet all the coaches on my visit as well as some of the academic staff. And then also the offense, I love the up-tempo, I'm not a big fan of walking it up the floor and setting up the offense. They look to push the ball and get out on the break, and that's definitely my style."

Randall currently leads the Chippewas in scoring with 16.1 PPG, and as a senior he will leave a large void in CMU's offense next season. Rayson will arrive in Mount Pleasant with the reputation as a score first point guard, but he says he is more than happy to adapt to the offense.

"I'm more of a scorer, but that's my role right now in high school," added Rayson. "It depends really, if I'm around other players who can score, I am just as happy to set them up and make great passes. I just want to make the people around me better, whether that's scoring or passing."

Speaking of passes, Rayson will join Chris Fowler in the backcourt next year, and it's entirely possible that both could be on the court at the same time.
"Yes sir, that is something we have definitely talked about," said Rayson on he and Fowler playing together. "When I first came on my visit, I was able to play some open gym with the guys, and Chris and I really are the same. We both like getting guys good looks and push the ball up the court. It's going to be fun playing with him next season."

A highly decorated AAU player, Rayson made quite the name for himself on the summer circuit of Texas basketball, and it's clear he does not lack confidence in his abilities. Asked to send a message to Chippewa fans, he was very concise, and hopefully prophetic.

"This year's team has been pretty good, but next year, we will win a lot of basketball games. And we will win more than this year's team or any year before. That is what I would tell CMU fans."

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