Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association

2019 GCBLA inductee




Category: PLAYER


Coached by his dad - the great Russ Gregg, guard/forward Van Gregg had carved out his place in the Ram’s basketball records book by the time he graduated from Whitehall-Yearling HS in 1971. Van left Whitehall as their all-time leading scorer and the Franklin County 1971 leading scorer at 30ppg. During his three years of varsity basketball, Van compiled a 48-16 record and led the Rams to a league championship and a Central District title as a senior and racked up individual accolades as a All-League selection his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and received All-State and Honorable Mention All-American as a senior. Van Gregg’s basketball exploits continued on the next level with the Clemson Tigers where he sported a hefty 24ppg on the freshman team. As a sophomore he scored 33 points vs Georgia Tech, which was a school record for most points scored in a first varsity game. He led the Tigers in scoring his junior and senior years and led them to a berth at the NIT. Gregg was drafted out of high school in the 17th round to play baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies but passed on it to play basketball at Clemson. It appears that everything worked out for the good.  His life successes have taken many directions which have included teaching (35 years), coaching basketball and golf, serving eight years on Whitehall City Council, and is now the Public Safety Director for the City of Whitehall.