Delaware State’s Kendall Gray opened up a lot of eyes with his performances during his senior season. Now he’s hoping to capitalize on that in hopes of getting drafted and making an NBA squad.
The defending MEAC Player of The Year and Defensive Player of the Year is hitting the NBA workout circuit in advance of the NBA Draft on June 2015. Wednesday he completed his sixth workout, this time with the Charlotte Hornets.
He says what he brings to the table are things that can’t be taught.
“Intangibles,” Gray told reporters after his workout. “Everything that players don’t like to do. Boxing out is non-existent any more so my job as a rebounder is coming in and grabbing all lose balls and going after every rebound possible.”
Gray averaged 11.7 points and 11.3 rebounds as a senior at DSU. He had several monster games, including a 33-point, 30 rebound game against Coppin State.
But despite those big numbers, playing in the MEAC, May knew he had something to prove in his workouts. Not so much to others, but to himself. Gray said it took a while, though.
“At first, it was all a confidence thing, just knowing that I belong at this level,” Gray said. “The first workout didn’t go so well just because of anxiety and anxiousness, but after that, everything’s been smooth sailing, running perfectly fine. I feel like I belong.”
Gray is looking to become the first MEAC or HBCU player drafted since Orlando picked Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft.