OAKLAND, Calif. (BVM) — There’s a lightness in the step of a young athlete when they take their first steps on the collegiate court. A willingness to jump higher, run faster and score buckets of points is at the forefront of their minds. Nothing is comparable to such a feeling. The adrenaline is a culmination of the years spent working out and preparing for the moment of finally being a college athlete. No one merits to experience that sensation more than Edward “Tre” Gray.
The Holy Names Hawks guard is listed at 6-foot-4 and has made an instant impact in his freshman season. Gray has started in all four of the Hawks games this season averaging a team-leading 17.8 points per game. Not only is he the highest-scoring freshman, but he has registered the most points in the 15-man roster. It’s a statistical anomaly given the low chances of a person that’s right out of high school posting such great numbers. But considering his attitude and upbringing, it makes all the sense in the world.
Gray wrote in a personal statement while in high school that everyday before classes began he would run and put up 400 shots. Also, he mentions that every other day he’s working on his ball handling and lifting weights. It’s clear that he took developing his basketball game seriously at such a young age. All he ever wants to do is to perform well at something he loves. However, Edward Gray is not ashamed to admit that he has weaknesses. The guard testifies that he needs to work on his strength since he’s not the biggest given his size.
Such an admission is a testament to his character as a whole. He might be the team’s top scorer but Gray is also leading by example off the court. He’s the first to arrive at practice and the last one to leave. His dedication to working on his craft is commendable and a true reflection of his identity as a student-athlete. He’s a natural leader.
On top of his basketball skills, he’s a scholar as he believes school comes first. But there’s no question that his true love is the game of basketball. He’s got that winning mentality that encourages and lifts his team. Gray is perhaps the most exciting freshman the Holy Names Hawks have seen in quite a while and they are certainly fortunate to have his work ethic and demeanor as part of their roster.
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