Gradey Dick steps into the spotlight

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The month of June has been one to remember for Wichita Collegiate sophomore Gradey Dick. 

"It's been really crazy," said Dick. "It's kind of out of nowhere." 

Gradey began the summer with no D1 basketball offers. That quickly changed as the rising sophomore started to compete against the country's best players. 

"My first was WSU. Then a week later I went to a Midwest Showcase in Missouri and it was a live period so coaches could watch. I played really good in that, so I got Nebraska after that, KU, Oklahoma, Creighton and Iowa State," said Dick. 

The avalanche of offers while exciting for Dick, caught him a little bit by surprise.

"Going into my sophomore year, I expected to open some eyes of some coaches for years to come. I didn't really expect to get offers this early," said Dick. "I'm just thankful and glad to see all my hard work starting to pay off." 

Due to recruiting rules, coaches were forbidden from contacting prospects, meaning Dick had to reach out and call coaches he's followed for years: Gregg Marshall and Bill Self. 

"It was a big awe moment because growing up in Kansas they were the team that I followed them and WSU, hometown teams," said Dick. "So being able to talk to those coaches that I've admired growing up is really special." 

For a Sunflower State kid who has attended plenty of games at Koch Arena and Allen Fieldhouse, there is the lure of playing close to home, but Dick plans to enjoy the process and not rush a decision. 

"For sure they are really close to my heart and everything with my hometown team but it's still really early," said Dick. "I'm just open to everything and I'm ready to get this underway, this recruitment."