On Gray: A hard-nosed, resolute workhorse in the post ... a gritty, physical athlete with improved strength after a determined offseason of conditioning ... possesses a winning mentality and indomitable attitude ... a player who excels at all the "intangibles," according to the coaching staff ... St. John's second-returning top rebounder at 4.7 boards per game as a freshman ... led the team in charges taken last season as a rookie.
Norm Roberts on Gray: "Dexter is an undersized four-man who did a tremendous job for us last year, rebounding the basketball and playing well against bigger people. Dexter's offensive game has really improved from last year and we expect him to do terrific things for us in the upcoming season."
As a Freshman in 2004-05: Played in all 27 games as a rookie, drawing 26 starts ... averaged 6.0 points per game and was second on the team at 4.7 rebounds per game ... reached double-figures in scoring in three of the first four games and in five contests on the season ... posted his first career double-double and only double-digit rebound game with 10 boards and 10 points at Seton Hall (Jan. 29) ... scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field in his collegiate debut, a St. John's victory over Wagner (Nov. 20) ... netted 10 points and grabbed four rebounds vs. St. Francis (Nov. 23) ... tallied 11 points and grabbed five boards vs. Stony Brook (Nov. 30)... scored six points and grabbed four rebounds against Illinois State (Dec. 4) ... registered six points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of play vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 8) ... dropped eight points with eight rebounds against Canisius (Dec. 28) ... contributed eight points and four rebounds in the Holiday Festival victory over No. 17 NC State (Dec. 30) ... only score in the win over No. 21 Pittsburgh was a 3-point play with less than a minute left that tied the game ... netted 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in a win over Georgetown (Feb. 20) ... registered six points and had five rebounds against Duke (Feb. 26).
At Mount Vernon High School: Keyed Mount Vernon to the New York State Class AA Federation title in March of 2004 ... led the Knights to a 98-13 record across his four-year career ... captained his high school squad to four Section I titles and four appearances in the state semifinals.
Personal: Dexter Lamar Gray ... born Aug. 9, 1985 ... son of Jamie Lowe ... has one sister, Latoya (28) and a brother, Darrell (24) ... a summer signee (2004) for the Red Storm after Norm Roberts was named head coach ... majoring in television and film production.
Gray Up Close...
Favorite place to hang out: Campus - my room.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: New York State and Federation champs in high school.
Hero/role model: My grandmother.
Favorite athlete at St. John's: Daryll Hill.
I came to St. John's because: The basketball tradition.