One of the top unsigned forwards remaining on the board could be close to a decision. 2021 6’8 Peyton Gerald from Ardrey Kell, has been a big target for many schools around the area and deservingly so, especially with his fluidity, his athleticism, and his impact on the court. Gerald showed all of that and more this weekend at the Phenom Grassroots TOC and one thing is for sure, a program is going to get a tremendous talent for their program both on and off the court.
In speaking with Gerald about his recruitment, it seems that he has narrowed his list down to three; Catawba, Converse, and Belmont Abbey. So what are his thoughts on each?
“Belmont Abbey is an upcoming program that I feel will be near the top of their conference for years to come. Coach Ficke and his staff are great, they have been there for a while now and Coach Ficke and I have built a great relationship. The team is very young and likes to get up and down. They have great academics and have my major of choice, which is a big plus.”
“Catawba is a great program run by Coach Perron and his staff. Even though they are in the SAC, they are still at the top most years. Coach Perron and I have a great relationship and show he has high hopes for me. With a lot of star talent who are also very young and will be competing in years to come. Catawba also has great academics and has my major.”
“Converse is a unique situation because it’s Coach Saunders’ first season as the head coach. I can tell from what he is saying that they are wanting to compete right away and that is something I really admired about them. A couple of the recruits I know on a personal level such as Wes Morgan, have made it even more intriguing.”
As of right now, there is no specific timetable of when he may ultimately make his decision but one thing is for sure, a program is going to get a key piece for their future.
This past season, the senior averaged 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game for Ardrey Kell, helping make a deep run in the 4A playoffs in North Carolina.