Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Adidas Next Generation Tournament
Group F Player to Watch: Justin Gray, PAOK BC
Nov 15, 2010
PAOK BC point guard Justin Gray enters his third consecutive Eurocup season as a proven floor general who has the skills to generate points for his teams in multiple ways. Last season he ranked among the Eurocup regular season’s top 10 in assists with PGE Turow. The season before, he ranked among the leaders in three-pointers made and was among the top 15 scorers when he suited up for CEZ Nymburk. With PAOK he is certain to spend time both as a playmaker and a scorer, but most importantly he will be the man with the ball in his hands in clutch situations trying to help lead his new team to glory.
Gray made a name for himself in his native United States as a standout college basketball players at Wake Forrest University, where he etched his name throughout the school’s record books and was named three times to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first or second teams. Gray also played for the United States national team at the Under-21 world championships during his college days. Afterwards, he decided on a professional career in Europe where he has impressed at every stop, starting with Verviers-Pepinster and Dexia Mons-Hainaut, both in Belgium, and later Nymburk and Turow. His shooting and playmaking skills simply cannot be questioned and his on-the-ball defense has improved, helping Gray turn into a complete package at point guard.
This season Gray takes the reins for a team that has serious low-post threats, an elite scorer on the wings and another ball handler to help ease the pressure on him. Those players create an ideal situation for Gray to feast on as he can take advantage of whatever opposing defenses leave him. The end result could be Justin Gray’s best Eurocup season yet and a strong run for PAOK as it looks to please its legions of fans with a deep run in the competition.