David Gai of Marian HS in Houston, TX has been quietly flying under the radar in the class of 2022, but recently he has cemented himself as one of the top players in the area.  It seems that each game that he plays, he is improving in all areas of his game and it has caught the eye of many observers not only in Houston, but across the state of Texas.  

The 6’7 wing is a nightmare matchup for defenses that have to prepare for him.  He possesses a unique ability to consistently make plays on the court whether it is coming off screens and hitting mid-range jump shots or putting the ball on the floor and blowing by defenders.  He seems to always know when its time to make something happen.  

His biggest area of improvement that he has made so far is consistently making open long-range shots.  If he continues to improve in this area, he could end having one of the purest strokes in all of Texas.  His length and confidence give him the ability to get his shot off against most defenders his age.  While his ball handling skills are still improving, he does possess the skill set to put the ball on the floor with either hand or drive to the basket.  He is always in attack mode and on the offensive end of the floor he is as polished of a recruit that you will find out there in that capacity.

Defensively he plays the passing lanes very well in terms of getting steals and causing deflections.  He is sound on the ball and can keep his opponents in front on him.  He will need to add some bulk but currently is tough enough to play in post situations against players who may physically be stronger as of now.  He can guard multiple positions on the floor and is great in situations where he must switch off and play against smaller guards.  He is also a very sound rebounder who understands positioning and boxing out and can start the transition break and create opportunities for his teammates.  

This past travel season he began to attract the attention in the region and he’s currently starting to get interest from schools in the state of Texas as well as some in Louisiana.  Still a relative unknown, The list of schools on Gai will only grow from this point on and we look for him to be a potential target for top programs soon once as college coaches continue to learn about him and see him play.  

Gai plays for SelectOne basketball program during the grassroots travel season.