Full Name: Justin Eugene Gray
Birth Date: March 31, 1984
Birth Place: Raleigh, NC
Parents' Names: Wanda and Tony Nivens
High School Coaches: Steve Smith (Oak Hill), Gosnell White (West Charlotte)
One of the most prolific scorers in Wake Forest history ... a three-time second team All-ACC selection ... a member of the ACC All-Freshman team in 2003 ... earned ACC Player or Rookie of the Week honors six times ... one of the top three-point shooters in ACC history ... one of the top shooting guards in college basketball ... has his name etched throughout the Wake Forest record books ... is ranked in the top 10 all-time in 14 Wake Forest categories ... split time between point guard and shooting guard as a senior ... scored in double figures 101 times in his career ... had one double-double ... drew 32 charges on defense ... missed nine games in his career because of injury or illness.
In The Wake Forest Record Books
In The ACC Record Books
Earned second team All-ACC honors and was a midseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award ... ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in six different statistical categories ... played in 33 of 34 games and started 33 times ... missed the Virginia Tech game because of a stomach virus ... led the team and ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring (18.2 ppg) ... led the team and ranked fifth in the ACC in assists (141/4.27 apg) ... led the team and ranked fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage (83.4) ... ranked second in the ACC only to Duke's J.J. Redick in three-point field goals (95/2.88 pg) ... had the ACC's fourth-highest three-point percentage (36.1) ... paced the team in free throws made (146) ... ranked second on the team with 33 steals ... scored a team-high 59 points, dished out 24 assists and sank seven three-point field goals in three ACC Tournament games ... made 20-of-23 free throws (87.0 percent) in the ACC Tournament ... his scoring average was higher on the road (19.5 ppg) than at home (17.1 ppg) ... scored in double figures in 32 of 33 games played ... had one double-double ... shot almost all of the technical foul free throws, going 8-of-10 ... was second on the team with 11 charges drawn on defense ... scored a then-career-high 37 points Nov. 29 against Wisconsin ... went 13-of-13 from the free throw line against the Badgers ... poured in a career-high 38 points at Maryland Jan. 15 ... went 7-of-11 from three-point range and 7-of-7 from the free throw line against the Terrapins ... followed that game with a 25-point effort against Georgia Tech Jan. 18 ... made 6-of-7 three-point attempts, dished out 5 assists and had 3 steals against the Yellow Jackets ... scored 24 points, made 5 three-pointers and dished out five assists in Feb. 8 loss to Boston College ... scored 25 points and dished out 8 assists in ACC Tournament win over Florida State ... recorded his only career double-double the next day against NC State with 19 points and 10 assists.
Led the USA U-21 team to an 11-1 record, including a 3-0 mark in the Global Games and a 8-1 total in the World Championships in Argentina... was named MVP of the Global Games... averaged 11.8 points and sank a team-best 23 three-point field goals... joined on the team by Duke's J.J. Redick and fellow Charlotte native Curtis Withers.
A second team All-ACC selection... named to the USBWA All-District Team... the Most Valuable Player of the Preseason NIT... ACC Player of the Week on Nov. 29... named The Sporting News National Player of the Week Jan. 8... a midseason finalist for the John R. Wooden Award... ranked second in the ACC and 43rd nationally in three-point field goals per game (2.75)... his 92 three-point field goals were the fifth-most in Wake Forest history... his 227 three-point attempts tied for the third-most in Deacon history... ranked seventh in the ACC and 38th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.405)... was seventh in the ACC in free throw percentage (.788)... in ACC games only, he shot 84.6 percent from the line to rank fifth... was ninth in the ACC in scoring (16.0 ppg)... scored 527 points... in ACC games only, Gray ranked third in the league at 17.4 points per game... ranked 14th in the ACC in field goal percentage (.433)... played in all 33 games and started 31 times... averaged 29.8 minutes of action per game... was third on the team with 74 assists... ranked second on the team in steals with 42... scored in double figures 27 times in 33 games... drew six charges... had seven steals in the season opener Nov. 15 against George Washington... overcame a blow to the head that caused him to receive stitches to sink five three-point field goals en route to 21 points in 21 minutes against Providence Nov. 24 in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT... followed that performance with another 21-point effort two nights later in the championship game of the Preseason NIT, clinching MVP honors... his 31 points at Clemson Jan. 8 were the most by a Deacon player all season... scored 25 of those 31 points in the first half against the Tigers... his six three-point field goals against Maryland Jan. 11 tied for the most by a Deacon in 2004-05... made 6-of-9 from behind the arc against the Terrapins... scored 22 points and made four three-pointers Jan. 27 at Georgia Tech... went 5-of-10 from three-point range en route to 20 points to go with three steals Jan. 29 versus Miami.
Won a gold medal playing for the USA National Under-20 Team... one of 25 top college players who tried out for the 12-man squad... led the USA to a 5-0 record at the World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Halifax, Nova Scotia... ranked second on the team in scoring (14.3 ppg.)... started every game... led the team in three-point field goals with 13... dished out 14 assists with just seven turnovers... scored 20 points against Puerto Rico and 18 points versus host Canada.
Played in all 31 games and started 30 times... averaged 30.2 minutes of action per game... a first team All-ACC selection... named first team USBWA All-District... earned ACC Player of the Week two times (Feb. 23 and March 1)... led the team in scoring (17.0 ppg.) with 526 points... also led the team in field goals (168), field goal attempts (410), three-point field goals (97) and three-point attempts (256)... in ACC games he led the team in free throws (70) and free throw percentage (.824)... averaged a team-best 19.7 ppg against nationally-ranked teams... his 97 three-point field goals were the second-most in Wake Forest history, three short of tying the single-season record held by Craig Dawsonhis 3.13 three-point field goals per game ranked second in the ACC and 20th nationally... ranked 9th in the ACC in free throw percentage, 9th in three-point field goal percentage, 10th in field goal percentage, 14th in assists... scored in double figures a team-high 27 times... made 6-of-11 three-point field goals, had five assists and a career-high five steals to go with 22 points in Dec. 15 road win at SMU... had career highs of eight three-point field goals and 18 attempts and scored 27 points at 18th-ranked Texas (Jan. 13)... made 7-of-10 field goal attempts including 5-of-8 three-pointers on the way to 26 points against Virginia (Jan. 31)... made 11-of-12 free throw attempts, dished out five assists, had no turnovers and scored 29 points at Clemson (Feb. 12)... sank five three-point field goals, dished out six assists and scored 26 points in a key ACC win at Final Four-bound Georgia Tech (Feb. 22)... scored a career-high 31 points and made five three-point field goals Feb. 25 vs. Florida State... made 4-of-8 three-point field goals and scored 23 points in Sweet 16 loss to 5th-ranked St. Joseph's.
Named fourth team Freshman All-America by College Basketball News... named to the ACC All-Freshman Team... earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 24 after helping lead Wake Forest to wins at Georgia Tech and versus Virginia... missed eight games after breaking his jaw Jan. 12 at Duke... suffered the injury running into a pick by Duke's Dahntay Jones... during his one-month absence, he lost 19 pounds, had his jaw wired shut, and his diet was limited to mostly milkshakes... played in 23 games, starting 10 times (the first 10 games of the season)... after the injury, he emerged as one of the ACC's best sixth men... ranked second on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg.), giving him the 10th-highest scoring average ever by a Wake freshman... his 80 assists were then the second-most ever by a Wake freshman... averaged 1.52 three-pointers per game (35 three-pointers in 23 games)... scored in double figures (10 points) and led the Deacons with five assists in his first college game -- a Nov. 27 win over Yale... seemed to grow up as a player in Dec. 4 win at 23rd-ranked Wisconsin... scored a then-career-high 20 points and made a pair of three-point field goals in the win over the Badgers... sank three 3-point field goals en route to 17 points in Dec. 21 win over visiting St. John's... scored 19 points and had a pair of steals in Jan. 4 road win at Richmond... returned from the broken jaw in mid-February... was expected to see limited action in his first game back -- a Feb. 13 win over 8th-ranked Duke -- he ended up playing 29 minutes and scored 18 points in one of the top Deacon individual performances of the season... scored 20 points and went 6-of-6 from the line in Feb. 20 road win at Georgia Tech... scored in double figures the final eight games of the season including all four postseason games... scored 16 points, grabbed a career-high seven rebounds and went 11-of-11 from the free throw line in March 1 home win against Clemson... played his best game of the season March 23 against Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament... scored a career-high 26 points, including 5-of-9 from three-point range.
Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, 2002... played his final season at Oak Hill after playing the three previous seasons at West Charlotte HS... averaged 16 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game as a senior at powerful Oak Hill... shot 49 percent, 83 percent from the free throw line and 46 percent from three-point range... was a teammate of Syracuse and later NBA-bound Carmelo Anthony... rated as the nation's 48th-best prospect by PrepStars... selected to play in the Jordan Capital Classic All-Star Game... also played on the tennis team... participated in the Environmental Awareness Club and Reading With A Friend Program... led his AAU team (the Charlotte Royals) to the national semifinals in the summer of 2001... as a sophomore at West Charlotte, Gray made 11 three-pointers en route to 41 points in one game.
Says his family has been the biggest influence on his athletic career... named Wake Forest's Homecoming King in 2005... played on the same AAU team with former North Carolina standout Rashad McCants... chose Wake over a number of schools including Charlotte, NC State, Florida State, Clemson and South Carolina.