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Taj Gray
Full Name: Taj Allen Gray
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-9 / 238
Birthdate: March 14, 1984 (Wichita, Kan.)
High School: Wichita East HS (Wichita, Kan.)
College: Oklahoma
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Oklahoma
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2004-05 33 32 182 327 .557 117 181 .646 0 0 .000 271 49 40 59 481 14.6
2005-06 29 29 148 260 .569 115 162 .710 0 0 .000 222 27 26 45 411 14.2
Totals 62 61 330 587 .562 232 343 .676 0 0 .000 493 76 66 104 892 14.4

Career Highlights: Earned First Team All-Big 12 honors by the league coaches as a junior and was named Second Team All-Big 12 as a senior. Earned First Team All-District honors from the NABC and USBWA his junior and senior seasons. Finished as Oklahomaís third all-time leader in career field goal percentage (.562), and also ranks sixth in blocked shots (104), sixth in blocked shots per game (1.7), and tenth in rebounds per game (8.0). Registered 17 career double-doubles. Finished collegiate career at Oklahoma after playing first two seasons at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma. Was a member of the 2005 USA FIBA Menís U21 World Championship team that finished in fifth place in Mar De Plata, Argentina.

Senior (2005-06): Led team in scoring (14.2 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg). Ranked third in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.569). Set a career high with 31 points while grabbing eight rebounds vs. West Virginia. Registered 22 points, including 18 in the second half at Villanova. Tallied 22 points on 9-for 12 shooting, eight rebounds and two assists vs. Texas. Pulled down double-digit rebounds seven times, recording a season-high 14 boards twice. Posted a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds at Kansas. Led team with 23 points in a late-season win over Kansas State. Scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Junior (2004-05): Led team in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg). Led the Big 12 in field goal shooting (.557) and ranked second in the league in double-doubles (12). Scored 20 or more points eight times, with a season-high 29 points to go along with 14 rebounds, four assists, and four blocked shots in the season opener vs. Cal State Northridge. Tallied 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. Texas A&M. Recorded 23 points and 10 rebounds vs. Connecticut. Scored 18 points and pulled down 12 boards at Duke. Registered 22 points, eight rebounds, and a career-high five assists vs. Oklahoma State. Posted a 19-point, 15-rebound double-double vs. Utah in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore (2003-04): At Redlands, averaged 18.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots. Shot .672 from the field and .712 from the free throw line. Posted season-high 27 points vs. Northern Oklahoma. Grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds vs. Southwestern Christian JC. Helped lead team to a 35-2 record and a NJCAA Tournament runner-up finish. Named Region 2 Player of the Year and a NJCAA First Team All-American.

Freshman (2002-03): Averaged 15.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots while shooting .680 from the field. Helped Redlands to a 32-3 overall record. Earned NJCAA Second Team All-American honors.

Strengths: Agile and explosive in the paint. Runs the floor extremely well for his size. Length allows him to play bigger than his listed height.

Personal: Majored in communications. Uncle, Lester Pace, played basketball at Oklahoma from 1979-82.