The 6-foot-10 Gray had 33 points and 30 rebounds in a remarkable performance, the last regular-season game for the Hornets (15-16, 9-7 MEAC). He didn’t even lead his team in scoring – Amere May poured in 40 points.
He’s Division I’s leading rebounder at 12.4 per game.
Here’s what you need to know about Gray:
1. Gray Is the First Division I Player to Post a 30-30 Game Since the 1970s
According to Basketball Reference, Gray is the first Division I player since the 1970s to record a 30 point-30 rebound game:
2. He Is Only the 7th Player in 40 seasons to Grab 30 Boards
Grabbing 30 rebounds in a game doesn’t happen very often. In fact you can count on two hands the amount of times it has been done in Division I in the past 40 seasons.
The others are:
2005 Rashad Jones-Jennings, Arkansas-Little Rock, 30 rebounds
2000 Larry Abney, Fresno State, 35 rebounds
1994 Jervaughn Scales, Southern, 32 rebounds
1979 Monti Davis, Tennessee State, 30 rebounds
1976 Durand Macklin, LSU, 32 rebounds
1976 Calvin Natt, Northeast Louisiana, 31 rebounds
3. Gray Grabbed 23 Rebounds in a Game Earlier This Year
Gray set a career-high with 23 rebounds back on January 17 vs. South Carolina State. He grabbed 22 a week before against Morgan State. Those games were in the middle of an 11 game stretch where he posted double-digit boards.
Gray’s previous high in rebounds before this season was 13, which he had done 5 times.
4. He Isn’t Known For His Scoring
Before Thursday night’s 30 point outburst, Gray was not known for his scoring ability. But he can pour it in when playing Coppin State. Back on February 16, Gray set a then-career-best with 25 points vs. the Eagles.
He’s only cracked the 20-point barrier 2 other times this season.
Gray is now averaging 12.3 points per game. May leads Delaware State at 20.9 ppg.
5. Gray Averaged 11 Blocks Per Game as a High School Senior
Gray, 22, is the son of Winfret and Irma Gray and was born in Merced, California.
As a senior at Polytech High, he averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and an eye-popping 11 blocked shots per game.