Billy Gillespie, a well-known and loved former Miner head basketball coach, has decided to dip into his former hometown’s pot of gold and offer AHS senior Brayan Au a full ride scholarship to play for him at Ranger College, just outside of Ft. Worth, TX. The signing took place on Friday, March 23, 2018 inside the Anthony High School gymnasium.
Au, a 6’4 guard, who has been described as a “diamond in the rough” by the Bigfoot Hoops basketball organization, averages anywhere from 28 to 32 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 7.5 assists and 5.4 steals. Au helped take the Anthony Wildcats deep into the class 2A Texas state playoffs during the 2016 season where their season came to end after a 1 point controversial call loss to the eventual state champions, Canadian High School. Au then took the Wildcats back to the state semi-finals in 2017 eventually losing to the state finalist runner up winner. Au received All State Honors, clinched the record for the highest scoring average amongst all high school players in Texas, and was ranked #22 in the state of Texas by Alamo City Hoops last year.
With several scholarship talks in the air from schools such as Texas A & M Corpus Christi and NMSU, Au found that there was one scholarship he was most interested and that was the one that kept him close to home. “Tim Floyd (former UTEP basketball coach) actually had offered Brayan a full ride scholarship, but after Floyd’s retirement, we were unsure of where Brayan stood,” Au’s club basketball coach Robert Guerrero said. Within a couple of weeks though, Coach Gillespie contacted Guerrero offering Au a letter of intent to play for Ranger College despite the fact that he had actually never seen Au even play basketball in person.
Au is excited to continue playing basketball and knows this opportunity will open up doors to a Division 1 scholarship. “I am honored to even get an opportunity to play for such a coach as Gillespie. I can’t lie-I’m a little intimidated because of what I have heard and how tough he is, but I’m ready to grow and learn and I know that playing for Ranger College will be the first step to a long career in basketball.”
Below is a list of Brayan Au’s accomplishments:
High School Stats:
7.4 assists per game
5.4 steals per game
AAU Travel Team-Southwest Assault
6.9 assists per game
5.9 steals per game
2015-2016-District 6-2A Most Valuable Player
2016-2017 District 6-2A Most Valuable Player
2016 Bigfoot Hoops Kingwood Classic MVP of tournament by Bigfoot Hoops Media Director
2016-2017 received All State Honors-highest scoring average amongst all high school players in Texas
2016-2017-ranked 22nd in state of Texas by Alamo City Hoops
Gets recognized at all travel season club basketball tournaments attended