When he left Camden High School following his graduation in 2009 to continue his academic and basketball pursuits, Evrik Gary needed only to hop on I-20 East and head for Florence and Francis Marion University. Among the reasons he chose to attend FMU was the school’s proximity to his home and family in Camden.
The next leg of Gary’s basketball odyssey required more than just packing up the car.
On Sunday, the 6-foot-3, 155-pounder flew to Luxembourg after having signed a professional contract to play for US Hiefenech Heffingen, which competes in the second tier of the Luxembourg League. The team is preparing to begin pre-season training for a season which runs through April. Gary will join for Texas Tech guard Brad Reese as the two Americans on the squad.
Gary, a AAA All-State selection after having helped Ron McKie’s Bulldogs to the AAA state title in 2008-09, drew the attention of foreign basketball teams after having played in the Eurobasket Summer League in Portsmouth, Va. Gary averaged better than 10 points per contest in that circuit.
Gary played this past winter as a graduate student at Francis Marion and was selected as the Patriots’ most valuable player for the third consecutive season after having ended the year averaging 20.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. His scoring average was the highest for a Patriot in 30 seasons dating back to 1983-84 when Hank Foster averaged 21.0 points per outing. Gary’s average also led the Peach Belt Conference and ranks 32nd nationally. He led the conference in free throws made (162), while ranking second in three-point shooting percentage (46.9 percent), fourth in minutes played per game (34.8), fifth in free throw percentage (87.6 percent), 14th in steals, and 16th in assists.
Gary connected on 47.1 percent of all of his field goal attempts and registered more assists than turnovers (83/58). He scored in double figures 26 times this year with fifteen 20-point games, including five 30-point efforts.
At season’s end, Gary was awarded All-Peach Belt Conference honors and was named to the 2014 Daktronics All-Southeast Region basketball second team.
A four-year starter, his career point total of 1,787 was second-best in FMU history and fourth-best in PBC history. Gary also holds the school career records for three-pointers made and attempted, free throws made, and free throw percentage at 88.0 percent.
In the classroom, Gary earned his undergraduate degree (Business Management) in May 2013. He has twice been named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll and five times to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll.