Gravley Looks to Finish the Year Strong

The Emory & Henry community is very aware of the change that the men’s basketball team has made over the past few years, yet within the changing culture of the program, there lies a player who has experienced it all.

Standing at six feet tall, senior point guard Ryan Gravley grew up in Hillsville, VA. With a band of older brothers, Gravley was always exposed to intense competition. Playing a variety of sports growing up, Gravley fell in the love with the game of basketball particularly. When he joined a 10-and-under AAU basketball team, he had yet to see how basketball would shape his life forever.

With the influence of his brothers and AAU basketball, Gravley went on to play at Carroll County High School. Throughout his years at CCHS, Gravley saw his program transform immensely.

As a high school first-year, Gravley would only see his team win two games the entire season, but by the time he graduated he led the team to tying the school record of most wins in a season. Gravley was also named District and Region Player of the Year en route to All-State First Team honors.

Transitioning from high school to college wasn’t a big challenge for Gravley. Within his high school recruiting process, Emory & Henry College was the most consistent in trying to obtain the guard out of Hillsville. In visiting E&H’s campus, Gravley immediately fell in love with the atmosphere that the school displayed. The Wasp’s basketball program had also just introduced new head coach David Willson into the picture and Gravley’s opportunities seemed endless.

As a first-year Wasp, Gravley played in 15 games, starting the final five of the year and averaged 5.7 points per game, putting up double figures in three of the final four contests of the year. He also added 27 assists and 15 rebounds on the season while hitting 18 three-pointers. Notably, Gravley was named the team’s Most Improved Player.

With Gravley’s leadership qualities and consistency showing early in his career, his sophomore season showed even more promise. Gravley started all 26 games in his sophomore season as he averaged 9.6 points per game, while posting double digits 14 times. He had a career-best 25 points and 7 rebounds vs. Southern Virginia (Nov. 15), while posting 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Gravley hit 33 three pointers and totaled 20 steals and was named to the ODAC All-Academic Team.

With Gravley’s leadership qualities and consistency showing early in his career, his sophomore season showed even more promise. Gravley started all 26 games in his sophomore season as he averaged 9.6 points per game, while posting double digits 14 times. He had a career-best 25 points and 7 rebounds vs. Southern Virginia (Nov. 15), while posting 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Gravley hit 33 three pointers and totaled 20 steals and was named to the ODAC All-Academic Team.

Gravley’s junior season was a major turning point for the E&H basketball program. As a captain, Gravley started 27 of 28 games at the point guard position and averaged 10.1 points per game, including 14 games in double figures. He also led the team in assists at 3.9 a game. Gravley also led the 16-12 team to the semi-finals of the ODAC conference tournament.

So far in his final season at E&H, Gravley has posted 6.6 PTS/G with a FG % of 32.6. Gravley aims to lead his team to win an ODAC title and he knows that he has the team around him to do it.

– Andrew Davis

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