Gulfport Boys Basketball: Deon Drake commits to MGCCC


Gulfport basketball star Deon Drake is finally heading to the next level.

On Wednesday, the recently graduated point guard gave his verbal pledge to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where first-year Head Coach Tim Ryan made quick work of recruiting the former Admiral.

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As a senior, Drake was second on the team in scoring at more than 10 points per game also leading the way in assists and steals on a squad that made it all the way to the 6A quarterfinals.

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