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Four star point guard Yassine Gharram signs National Letter of Intent to Yale

On Wednesday, four star point guard, Yassine Gharram, signed his national letter of intent to play basketball at Yale University.

Gharram is a 6'3 point guard out of San Diego, California. He was born in Morocco but moved to the United States when he was a kid.

He was given the opportunity to sign his National Letter of Intent at Petco Park in front of lots of family and friends. Petco Park is the San Diego Padres stadium.

"It was such a blessing to be able to be sign at the Padres stadium," Gharram said. "Padres stadium is top three most beautiful baseball parks in America, which speaks for itself right there. I will always have that vivid memory of being there and able to stand on stage in front of thousands of people and announce where I’m attending college, while the baseball field is the background behind me. Super cool and surreal."

Not many athletes are able to sign their National Letter of Intent at such a big venue.

Ivy League schools are usually not the top choice for highly ranked basketball players because they are very hard to get into, but Gharram values school and enjoys it.

"What it means to me, is that it took a lot of focus and determination through a lot of life experiences I went through," Gharram said. "I always put being a student first then anything. My mom really indulge that into me at a very young age and I just took off from there. I actually love school, it’s not hard for me at all. It’s pretty simple, do your homework, study and enjoy the experience.

The average GPA of students who get into Yale is about 4.1. And the average SAT score is around 1500. Many people who apply to Yale usually don't end up getting into the school.

Basketball wise, Yale is the perfect fit for Gharram as well. At Yale, Gharram will be given an opportunity immediately.

"Coach lets their guards rock out responsibly and he really believed in me from day one that I can make an immediate impact as soon as I arrive on campus," Gharram said.

In this years NBA Draft, Miye Oni was drafted 58th overall in the second round by the Utah Jazz. In three years at Yale, Oni was named to the First Team All-Ivy League twice and Second Team All-Ivy League once. He was also named 2019 Ivy League Player of the Year.

Oni has been in contact with Gharram and has given him lots of advice.

"Yes I have been," Gharram said when asked if he has been in contact with Oni. "Anytime I text him, he’s there for me and actually reached out to me first when I visited Yale this past April. He is a very nice guy and down to earth. He gave me some advice on getting lots of basketball shot reps off screens and working on that because a lot of shots in college basketball come from screen action play. He told me I will do great and fit just right in. This was awesome to hear from an all time great ex Yale player and now NBA player who passed on some advice that I will use and implement in my game!"

This summer, Gharram played his final AAU season. Him and his team finished AAU in great fashion. Compton Magic had a 45-5 record and won 3 national tournaments. They were also the Adidas Gauntlet Runner Up. This is a quite impressive resume for these players to finish their AAU career with.

"It was bitter sweet because I knew the fun was coming to an end, sadly," Gharram said when asked what it was like finishing his AAU career with the Compton Magic. "It was a lifetime experience and I will forever remember all the memory’s I had with them. Our team was incredibly fun to play with, having so much talent with 1-10 guys. It was just a lot of fun man, words can’t even describe."

Gharram will now play his senior season at Foothills Christian Academy. Then it will be his time to go to New Haven, Connecticut and get to work with the Bulldogs.

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