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Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
Kadre Gray named top Canadian university varsity male athlete
by Randy Pascal

For the second time in the past four years, Sudbury will enjoy a very special connection to a U Sports BLG Award winner.

In early summer of 2015, Lively native and Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School graduate Ross Proudfoot was named the CIS Male Athlete of the Year.

Earlier this week, Laurentian Voyageurs' men's basketball sensation Kadre Gray joined Proudfoot in a rather illustrious grouping, also recognized as the top Canadian university varsity athlete of the year.

In just his second year with the Voyageurs, Gray has emerged as an elite level offensive threat. He followed up his freshman season in which he was named both OUA and U Sports Rookie of the Year by earning the top honours in his sport.

Gray was not only awarded the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as the top men's university basketball player across the country, but followed it up by being named the OUA Male Athlete of the Year, beating out candidates covering the entire spectrum of varsity sports in Ontario.

He led the country in total assists (141), and finished second in both total points (488) and points per game (24.4). Gray was also a key reason behind a seven-win improvement that saw Laurentian move into a competitive discussion with the provincial elite.

Considering that grouping includes three of the top teams in all of U Sports basketball in the recent past - the Carleton Ravens, Ottawa Gee Gees and Ryerson Rams - the move proved quite the jump for the L.U. lads.

A native of Toronto, Gray was a product of the Eastern Commerce high-school juggernaut program until the school closed in 2015, wrapping up his secondary schooling at Oakwood Collegiate Institute and earning a silver medal at OFSAA.

"I have learned a number of life lessons through athletics as a whole," stated Gray in a U Sports issued release this week. "Through my experiences, I've grown as a person, always knowing that there are people in my neighbourhood that are looking up to me, and that I have inspired to do great things."

"My aspirations for the future are to graduate with my bachelor degree, hopefully represent my country in basketball, and make a change in kids' lives for the better." Joining Gray in being recognized as a top U Sport athlete was Marie-Alex Belanger of the Universite de Montreal Carabins' women's volleyball team.

Belanger was presented with the Jim Thompson Trophy, emblamatic of the BLG U Sports Female Athlete of the Year recognition.

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