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ABC 27's Scholar Athlete of the Week: North Florida Christian's Drae McCray

Posted at 2:13 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 14:13:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — It's easy to see why North Florida Christian's Drae McCray was one of the Big Bend's most sought after football players, but his talents are not just limited to the gridiron.

"Signing last week, and then being able to play for Districts this week and hopefully be able to play for Regionals next week," he said.

Drae signed to play football at Austin Peay in college on National Signing Day, and now, he's looking to lead the Eagle basketball team in what they hope will be a long postseason run.

"He's the kid that controls everything," said NFC head boys basketball coach Chad Clement. "We moved him to point guard. He's the captain on the floor. He controls the pace of the game."

"This is probably my most favorite team that I've played on," said McCray. "We're all close, everybody is in my grade. I've been on varsity since 8th grade, so I really haven't had the chance to play with my teammates that much. This is the year we're all back together."

McCray will leave NFC top ten in scoring, but it's his influence on his younger teammates, that's left the biggest impact.

"His personality is infectious," said Clement. "It helps set the tone for our team, but even on campus."

As much as McCray shines athletically, he's just as bright in the classroom. He's ranked eighth in his senior class with a 4.08 GPA.

"Just applying myself to further my goals and getting ready for college," he said of how he gets everything done. "Making sure I'm on top of everything."

On top of his grades, and on top of his goals.

"At the end of the day, I know it's not just me," he said. "I work hard, but it's not just me that's pouring into me. I have people around me. I'm just trying to enjoy the moment. I'll look back another time."

Enjoying the moment, a moment the Eagles hope lasts a while longer. McCray and North Florida Christian play Wednesday in the District Semifinals. A win puts in next week's state playoffs.