Former Voyageurs star Gray signs with CEBL’s Fraser Valley

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One of the most decorated players in the history of Laurentian Voyageurs basketball will continue his professional career with the Fraser Valley Bandits of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

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Kadre Gray, two-time U Sports MVP at Laurentian and a member of Canada’s national team, has signed with the Bandits for the upcoming CEBL season, the team announced Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Toronto guard is in his second season of professional basketball. He made his debut for the Ottawa BlackJacks in 2021, having led the Voyageurs in points and Canada in points per game for four consecutive seasons from 2016-2020.

Gray’s impressive post-secondary resume immediately translated into professional play, as he became a key offensive weapon for the BlackJacks. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound player led Ottawa in total regular season minutes and averaged 14 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game on 42.2 and 38.3 for hundred field goal shots and three-pointers, respectively.

“I believe it is by the grace of God that I will join this incredible Fraser Valley tribe on the road to a CEBL Championship this season,” Gray said in a press release. “The love and support I have received from the Bandits organization has given me the confidence to know that Fraser Valley is exactly where I belong because its culture is built around family, community, heart and hard work. I look forward to meeting all of the Bandits family in the weeks to come.

A graduate of the famed basketball program at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Gray has been on Canada’s national team for each of the past five years. His most impactful game with Team Canada came in the 2022 FIBA ​​AmeriCup Qualifiers, when on February 17, 2021, he scored 11 points (nine of nine from the free throw line) in less than 11 minutes of play. action in a 95-93 victory over the US Virgin Islands.

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After his successful debut as a professional in Ottawa, Gray deployed his talents overseas, signing with Coruna in the Spanish LEB Oro, where he played 30 games and averaged 13 minutes per game with the club.

“Kadre is an extremely special Canadian player,” Bandits general manager Kyle Julius said. “He’s a total dog – the kind of player everyone wants to fight with. We couldn’t be more excited for him to join our family and push our culture forward this summer.

Fraser Valley opens its fourth CEBL season with a visit to Gray’s former team in Ottawa on May 25 at 4:30 p.m. Rattlers on June 4.

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