Metroplex basketball standout Bright looking at bright future

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One year was all Grayson Bright needed to make herself known in North Texas.

As a freshman, Bright, standing at 6 feet tall, led the Keller Fossil Ridge girls basketball team in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game and carrying the bulk of the offense.

While she is transferring to Dallas Parish Episcopal for her sophomore season, those in Keller, including her former head coach Stacy Henson, rave at the performance she gave Fossil Ridge last season.

“She’s a very, very talented basketball player. She works hard at her game,” Henson said. “Obviously, being young and playing at that level was a little bit different from her and there are things she needs to improve on, but we wouldn’t have been the same type of team without her.”

A six-foot girls basketball player is any high school coach’s dream, but it was Bright’s versatility that made her one of the area’s top scoring threats. Henson said if the opposition matched up a guard on Bright, she had strong post skills to skim high-percentage shots over the shorter defender. If she was matched up with a taller player, she could pull outside and drive to the hole.

Because of her ball handling abilities, Bright projected herself as a shooting guard should she make it to the next level.

“In college basketball, I’m kind of considered short,” Bright said. “If I had a bigger girl on me, I could make them jump and just drive to the basket.”

College is most certainly on the young athlete’s radar, even just going into her sophomore year. Bright has spent her summer traveling around the country, playing in select tournaments with North Texas United and visiting college camps. So far, she had attended clinics at Michigan State, Oklahoma State and two Texas schools – Arlington and SMU.

While visiting Sparty, Bright said she was taught more than just skills on the court, but valuable lessons that she can apply to her life regarding social media.

“What you tweet is how people are going to look at you,” Bright said. “If you go to the college level then you’re going to have fans and little kids are going to be fans and what you tweet – it’s important that you don’t tweet bad things.”

Beyond her social media savvy, Bright lives up to her name in the classroom as well. The shining student doesn’t know which college sounds exciting to potentially join in her future but said she just wants to find a place where she can receive a solid education. Academics is the reason she said he is moving to Parrish Episcopal, which she believes will leave her greatly prepared for the rigors of college classes.

Bright recently returned from the Super 64 tournament, where her select squad, made up mostly of sophomores, went 4-1 against some of the top upperclassmen talent in the nation and showcased her skills in front of over 160 college coaches.

During these summer battles, Bright said she has been diligent about working on her defensive game as not to be pegged as just a scorer.

“I want to go from stealing a pass to making an assist and show I can play both sides of the court,” Bright said.

Throughout her freshman season, she demonstrated many times to Henson she was mature beyond her young age.

“Her confidence – a lot of times you get ninth graders and they are intimidated by the older players and intimidated by the level of play and the speed of the game,” Henson said. “Grayson was never intimidated. She has an unshakable confidence on the court.”

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