St. Frances' Devin Gray, the area's most highly recruited basketball player, plans to sign a letter of intent with Clemson this afternoon, his high school coach, William Wells, said yesterday.
Wells said Gray will make the announcement in a news conference this afternoon at St. Frances.
Gray had said he would not make a decision until after he had scored the minimum 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, which is required for freshman eligibility under National Collegiate Athletic Association rules.
Gray has taken the SAT three times, but his highest score was a 690. He is scheduled to take the test again May 10.
Gray was not available for comment last night.
Maryland, Towson State, St.John's, Minnesota and Richmond were among Gray's final choices. He took official visits to Clemson, Minnesota and Richmond.
Gray, a powerful, high-leaping, 6-foot-7 center/forward, averaged 25.6 points, 14.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks while leading St. Frances to a 19-8 record and the No. 5 ranking in the The Sun's final top 20.
He was an All-Metro first-team pick for the second year in a row, the Catholic League Player of the Year and was chosen as the state's Player of the Year by Gatorade and Quaker Oats. This season, St. Frances won its first Baltimore Catholic League regular-season title and a berth in the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Tournament in March.
After scoring 38 points in a first-round game March 14, Gray had to have an emergency appendectomy the next day.