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Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
Kadre Gray shares second OUA Athlete of Year honours with Jace Kotsopoulos
by Randy Pascal

Though he would share the award the second time around, Laurentian Voyageurs' basketball sensation Kadre Gray remains in relatively elite company as he captured OUA Male Athlete of the Year honours in back to back years.

The sharp-shooting native of Toronto was joined on the podium in 2018-2019 by soccer standout Jace Kotsopoulos (Guelph Gryphons), after being named as a sole recipient last spring, and following that up with U Sports Male Athlete of the Year accolades a short while later.

Just on the verge of completing his third year at Laurentian, Gray topped all scorers in the country, averaging 31.0 points per game, an incredible seven point increase over his already impressive numbers from 2017-2018.

Drawing plenty of attention from opposing defenses, Gray would also show the way in the varied categories of field goals made per game (10.3), as well as total free throws made (160), yet still ranking second in assists in the OUA (6.2/game) and cracking the top-15 rebounders in the conference, pulling down 7.4 boards per game.

The former U Sports Rookie of the Year recorded no less than six double-doubles on the year, as well as one triple double (32 pts, 11 rebounds, 13 assists) as part of a dominant weekend performance (40 ppg average), his first outings back after a season-ending foot injury late in the 17-18 campaign.

While the highlights were many, few surpassed a 45-point outburst (31 in the second half alone) as the Voyageurs stopped the country's top-ranked Ryerson Rams 88-82 on February 9th.

Gray's notoriety extended well beyond the university ranks, tabbed as Canada Basketball Male Player of the Year and joining the national senior men's team in their FIBA WOrld Cup Qualifiers versus Venezuela and Brazil, becoming the only active U Sports athlete to suit up for Canada in the competition.

The defending U Sports Male Athlete of the Year will give way to Kotsopoulos as the OUA representative this spring, with previous winners deemed inelligible of being nominated for a second time.

Gray is the only Laurentian student-athlete ever to be named as OUA Male Athlete of the Year since the award was first instituted in 1992-1993, though Voyageurs swimmer Nancy Sweetnam did manage to emerge as OUA Female Athlete of the Year in that inaugural race.

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