In the year 2000 and on the 31st day of July, Ray Somerville was born. The 6-foot-10 235 lb. Somerville is from Media, Pennsylvania and is set to graduate from Shipley High School in 2019.

The big man helped Shipley enjoy a successful season. The team went 20-7 overall and 7-2 in league play. Somerville can play both the power forward and center positions, as he bounced between the two positions for Shipley last year.

The incoming junior came off a solid season and it would be a fair evaluation to consider him a defensive anchor. These were proven by his defensive box score stats as Somerville was quite the intimidator, he blocked two shots and stole the ball at least once per game over the course of last season.

As a sophomore, Somerville was close to averaging a double-double. He scored a near eight points on an efficient 54-percent shooting and collected almost eight rebounds per contest.

“My strengths without a question are my defense, rebounding, and my leadership,” the Shipley High product exclusively told HoopsNations.

To be considered a defensive anchor, communication is key, you must talk to your teammates and let them know what is going on out there on the hardwood. Somerville says he leads by example, but also is a vocal leader. When a player has both the aforementioned leadership qualities, it’ll help out a team tremendously, both on and off the court.

Standing at a near seven-feet tall, Somerville told HoopsNations his favorite all-time NBA player happens to be Kevin Garnett. Similar to the big ticket, Somerville’s defense, intimidation, and leadership are similar to his favorite player’s skill set. Unlike Garnett, who averaged a near 20 points per game, Somerville admitted he must work on his offensive prowess to take his own game to the next level. But Somerville made it clear he plays his own game. “I just play my game, I don’t model my game after anyone,” explained Somerville when asked who he models his game after.

“My weaknesses are my agility, footwork, and offense,” Somerville conceded when speaking with HoopsNation’s Daniel Farr. “I definitely have to work on these parts of my game.”

A basketball player must be driven by something. Any human must be driven by something, and hardships can be wonderful motivators.

When Somerville was asked what drives him to be great, he opened up about the saddening passing of his mother. Obviously, this was hard on the young Somerville, but he turned his grief into fuel to make his late Mother proud, and has since received offers from Stony Brook University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Hartford, High Point University, and La Salle University.

Ray Somerville will certainly be one to keep an eye on once he graduates from high school and takes his talents to the collegiate level. If he is able to unlock the mounds of offensive potential he possesses, the possibilities for how far Somerville can go are quite simply endless.

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