About RaiQuan Gray
• Raiquan Gray is a strong forward with unique versatility for his build coming off a breakout junior year at Florida State. Widely regarded as one of the top-150 prospects in the high school class of 2017 following his senior year at Dillard High School (FL), Jones nonetheless redshirted his freshman year with the Seminoles. Playing a minor role as a second-year freshman before carving out a spot in the starting lineup two years ago, Gray scored 6 points per game as a sophomore. Averaging 11.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game as a junior last season under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, the Fort Lauderdale native turned a corner in his development and helped lead the Seminoles to the Sweet Sixteen in route to All-ACC 3rd Team honors.
• Listed at 6’8 with a wide 260-pound frame to go along with good length, Gray is a unique athlete with great feet for his size.
• Matching his physicality with some talent with the ball and instincts off the bounce, the fourth-year junior was a bit of a novelty at the college level and a tremendous fit in Florida State’s positionless style of play. A very capable ball handler and passer with good vision, Gray served as a facilitator for the Seminoles for long stretches using his ability to get downhill and bully his way to spots to create for himself and others. Scoring at a strong rate inside but converting floaters with good consistency as well, he made major strides with his scoring touch as a junior but was yet to translate that improvement to the three-point line.
• Guarding every position at some point last season, Gray is a diligent defender whose ability to slide on the perimeter stands out for a player with his dimensions. Doing some little things rotating to protect the rim and showing some improvement as a rebounder last season, he brings some intriguing tools to the defensive end.
• Playing point-forward for long stretches of his junior year, Gray served as an initiator for the Seminoles creating out of ball screens, pushing the break, and attacking closeouts to put opposing defenses in rotation. Passing the ball decisively, the 21-year-old had some impressive moments finding the open man on the move. Seeing minutes at the center spot as well, he provided a physical target for drop passes and made an impact on the glass. Possessing a somewhat rare blend of strength, ball handling ability, and feel, Gray was not overwhelmingly productive but had a breakout year in a system that got everything done by committee.
• Attacking the rim with pace and strength while staying active when operating off the ball, Gray scored at a strong rate around the rim last season. He is not the most explosive leaper, but is fairly quick off his feet, has a terrific combination of physicality and body control, and scored a terrific 1.37 points per finishing opportunity [86th percentile]. Averaging 0.93 points per floater [75th percentile], he attempted some tough shots in the mid-post when he could not turn the corner but flashed deft touch from that range.
• That touch began to translate to the foul line this season but did not spill over to the perimeter. Averaging 0.77 points per jump shot in the half court [27th percentile], Gray has improvable mechanics that looked a bit loose on some attempts and did not make him a reliable set shooter in space last season. Attempting few three-pointers at the collegiate level, his ability to become a more capable floor spacer would add a valuable dimension to his already impressive versatility.
• Bringing more energy and far better agility than most wide-framed forwards to Florida State’s switch-everything defense, Gray held his own against smaller guards, centers and everything in between as a junior.
• Allowing 0.33 points per one-on-one possession [94th percentile], Gray was a key cog for the Seminoles. Showing some instincts off the ball and as a rim protector, he is not the most impactful presence inside, but is a competitive player who has steadily improved his fundamentals after struggling with foul trouble early in his career.
— Profile by Synergy Sports