Not many make the giant leap over many leagues to the top, but once in a while a player does like Devon Uskowski did starting his professional basketball career in the German Regionaliga and going league by league via the Pro B and Pro A to the Beko BBL to the Mitteldeutscher BC or a Steve Wachalski that went direct from Pro B team Osnabrueck to BBL team Bayreuth in 2010, but who can say they went from the Regionaliga to the Beko BBL via the elevater instead of taking the long haul up the stairs? Well Los Angeles native Zeon Gray (178-PG) might have the distinction of moving from the German Regionaliga to the Beko BBL this upcoming season. Gray is your typical cinderella story as he played college ball at little known University of the Fraser Vally (CIS) in Canada where he put up very solid stats and as a senior averaged 14.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.0apg, 1.9spg. However the transition into the pro ranks wasn’t easy for the American as he had some gigs for the Nationwide Allstars (WCBL) and Santa Monica Jump (WCBL) before trying his luck overseas. He came to Germany in 2012 and played the last three seasons in the German fourth, fifth and sixth leagues. As a rookie he played for EOSC Offenbach (Germany-Oberliga) 9 games: 23.4ppg. In the 2013-2014 season he played for DJK Nieder-Olm (Germany-2.Regionalliga): 4 games: 14.0ppg. Last season he got a contract with BBC Bayreuth 2 (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 14 games averaging 14.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.7apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 82.6%. The best games of the American were against FC Bayern Munich 2 where he poured in 24 points, notched 23 points against Ansbach and 21 points against Dachau. Gray can thank his good friend from Los Angeles Brandon Bowman as he put in a good word for the diminutive point guard getting him the job for the medi bayreuth 2 team and he also practiced with the BBL team all season long, so he is not unknown to head coach Michael Koch. Gray spent the season living with the ex Georgetwon standout Bowman and the intense work out grind also rubbed off on Gray as medi bayreuth head coach Michael Koch must have noticed this and now seems to have Gray in his thoughts and in his game plan for next season. According to German Hoops sources, Gray will be the seventh import player on the team and play then when an injury occurs or if there is some crisis on the team. In the meantime when he isn’t playing a BBL game, he can be a pest for American point guard Jake Odum in practice. Currently Zeon Gray (178-PG) is presenting his basketball talent at the famous Drew League in Los Angeles which showcases many NBA players. The American has the right focus and when he is on the court the club will see this kind of attitude. “In a few short words,I would simply say it would be tough to find a guard willing to sacrifice so much of himself for the team to grow and win. Anything my coach would ask of me,without any hesitation,I WILL do it”, stressed Zeon Gray (178-PG).