, 2014

Gregory excels on court
for Richard Bland College

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Once the sixth man, Melvin Gregory has moved into the starting line-up and is now making an impact for Richard Bland College (RBC) in Petersburg.

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Melvin Gregory
Gregory, a 2012 Lancaster High School graduate who led the Red Devils basketball team to the Group A, Division 2 state championship, is averaging 14.5 points and 15 rebounds.

The RBC boys basketball team recently moved into the top spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCC) Division II rankings with a 16-1 record and Gregory has contributed significantly to that success.

A 6-foot-8 forward, Gregory scored 17 points in the Statesmans recent win over Lenoir, 95-78. He and Tavon Mealy combined for 39 points and 28 rebounds in the RBC win over Potomac State College.

RBC, which has a roster composed entirely of freshmen, is competing in men's basketball for the first time in 20 years. The two-year school, which is affiliated with the College of William and Mary, disbanded its athletics program in 1994 and rejoined the NJCAA in 2013.

Gregory, who didn't start playing organized basketball until his sophomore year in high school, initially committed to play at Mount St. Mary's University. He earned a scholarship to the Division 1 school but was redshirted his freshman season and decided to leave the Maryland school and head to RBC.

While at Lancaster, Gregory averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks per game in his senior season. He was the Group A, Region A player of the year in 2012, he recorded one of his best career games during the state semifinal when he just missed a triple-double, scoring 25 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and blocking nine shots.

Gregory is the son of Melvin and Sherry Gregory of Weems.


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