• Gray Collegiate Academy
  • West Columbia, SC
Front row (left to right): Tory Kelly 20, Kristopher Wallace 1, Montraivis White 10, Rayvon Allen 3, Taurus Watson 12
Back row (left to right): Brandon Gardner 30, RJ Howell 4, Timothy Barnes 23, Jacquez Shuler 5, Chanse McDuffie 11, Zaire Rogers 0, Latavian Lawrence 15
Not pictured: Chris Rhone 2, Nykeem Smith 21


# Name Pos. Height Grade Year
0Zaire Rogers Wing6’7”Sr.2020
1Kristopher Wallace PG5’5”Soph.2022
2Chris Rhone SG6’4”Jr.2021
3Rayvon Allen PG6’0”Sr.2020
4RJ Howell Wing6’5”Sr.2020
5Jacquez Shuler Center6’11”Sr.2020
10Montravis White PG5’8”Fr.2023
11Chase McDuffie SG6’5”Jr. 2021
12Taurus Watson PG6’3”Sr.2020
15Latavian Lawrence Wing6’6”Sr.2020
20Tory Kelly PG6’0”Soph.2022
23Tim Barnes Wing6’3”Jr.2021
30Brandon Gardner Wing6’6”Fr.2023

Team Profile

Gray Collegiate Academy from West Columbia, SC, is seeking its third consecutive South Carolina High School Class 2A crown and has an infusion talent to make that goal a distinct possibility. Coach Dion Bethea welcomes three talented seniors, led by 6’6” forward Latavian Lawrence, last season’s Augusta (SC) Chronicle South Carolina State Player of the Year as a junior after averaging 15.7 ppg and 8.4 rpg while shooting 35 percent from three point range. Another forward, Zaire Rogers, a 6’6” native of Patterson, NJ, is an excellent rebounder and has plenty of experience as a battling Division1 type player. Taurus Watson comes from White Knoll High School of Lexington, SC, and knows how to run a team. Chase McDuffie (6.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg) is a holdover from last year’s team and a big-time talent who has shown that he is scratching the surface of his potential. Gray Collegiate also has two talented freshman in Brandon Gardner (6’6”) and Montravis White (5’9”) to add to the skills and depth of the returning players.

Team Information

  • Head Coach: Dion Bethea
  • Assistant Coach: Louis Dreher
  • Assistant Coach: Junior Laurie
  • Assistant Coach: Bandon Wallace
  • Assistant Coach: Thomas Perez
  • Director of Basketball Operations: Marc Cooper
  • Trainer: Cory Helms
  • President: Teresa Brazell
  • Principal: Dr. Brian Newsome
  • Athletic Director: Adam Holmes
  • Mascot: War Eagles
  • Location: West Columbia, SC
  • Conference:
  • Colors: Gray and Gold

School Profile

Gray Collegiate Academy (GCA) is a dual enrollment, public charter high school in West Columbia, South Carolina, that opened in 2014 and educates 550 students in a safe, small, family-centered setting. GCA provides students the opportunity of a challenging and rigorous curriculum with high academic standards, outstanding athletics, and the potential to earn up to two years’ worth of college credit while still in high school.

Students graduate as responsible citizens ready to succeed and contribute in college and beyond. GCA students graduate with a high school diploma and transferable dual enrollment credits up to 60 hours, having been immersed in the culture of college and therefore ready to engage in coursework at higher levels. Gray Collegiate Academy provides its students the necessary coaching and skills development to be successful beyond high school, and helps students develop into leaders through athletics and through service. GCA students obtain educational, personal, and career-awareness skills in small (1:25 teacher student ratios, or lower) classes, and benefit from a multi-ethnic community. GCA is where parents, business partners, administrators, students, and staff work together to create an academic, physical, emotional, social, and safe environment that enables all in the “GCA community” to learn from and to respect one another.

Students are educated through innovative techniques that enhance lifelong learning through technology and varied instructional strategies. The small, rigorous, dual enrollment program is attractive and provides GCA enrollees an alternative to the curricula in other West Columbia schools. GCA's academic design reflects best practices found in increasingly robust research literature on school reform. GCA assists its seniors continue their education by encouraging their pursuit of admission to two- and four-year higher education institutions, and helps student athletes obtain athletic scholarship offers at the next level.