Former Wake Forest shooting guard Justin Gray will be joining his Demon Deacon brethren this summer when he dons the uniforms of “Wake The Nation” in The Basketball Tournament.
The sharpshooter out of Charlotte, North Carolina is the third player to be announced on the team’s roster, following LD Williams, and Travis McKie.
Gray played for Wake Forest from 2003-2006, landing Second Team All-ACC honors three times in his career. He was the perfect off the ball player for Chris Paul, who played for the Deacs from 2004-05, and they were very good friends off the court as well.
He is ranked in the top ten in Wake Forest record books in 14 different categories.
He finished his career second in all-time three-pointers for Wake Forest with a whopping 319 (only trailing Randolph Childress at 329), good enough for 117th in NCAA history as well.
Gray averaged 18.2 PPG his senior season on 95 three-point makes. He also averaged over four assists per game.
He is perhaps best known for making a remarkable comeback his freshman year after breaking his jaw while running into a screen set by Duke’s Dahntay Jones. After having his jaw wired shut for a month and missing eight games (and losing 19 pounds due to his milkshake heavy diet), Gray returned to help the Deacs upset Duke in Winston-Salem behind 18 points in 28 minutes.
After graduating from Wake Forest with a degree in Communications, Gray has been in Europe for most of his career after brief stints in the NBA Summer League in the mid-2000’s. His best year likely came with the Skyliners Frankfurt in 2011-12, where he averaged over 19 PPG and hit a big game winning shot against Wurzburg early in the season.
He is currently a member of Tsmoki-Minsk in the Belarusian Premier League, joining former Wake Forest Demon Deacon Nikita Mescheriakov.
I am personally very excited to see Justin Gray come back because he was always one of my favorite players growing up. His energy and enthusiasm on the court was something I looked forward to, and his play with Big E and CP3 are some of my fondest memories of Wake Forest basketball.
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