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 Taj Gray Rank: 55
 Position: Small Forward
 School: Oklahoma
 Conference: Big 12
 Height, Weight: 6'9, 238
 
 
ANALYSIS: Gray's excellent leaping ability, speed and huge wingspan allowed him to dominate at the junior college level, where he was a first-team All-American as a sophomore, finishing runner-up in the voting for National Junior College Player of the year. That year, Gray averaged 18.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots and led Redlands Community College to a 35-2 record and a national runner-up finish. Those accomplishments landed Gray at Oklahoma, where he enjoyed success, averaging 14.2 points and 7.7 rebounds his senior season, after averaging 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds as a junior. Many scouts wonder if Gray can succeed at a level where there are plenty of other athletes like him, because he is too limited offensively. During his career at Oklahoma, Gray shot 56-percent from the floor by scoring in transition and by scoring with his back to the basket with an assortment of low post moves. Because of his willingness to bang down low, Gray went to the free-throw line an average of 5.5 times a game during his two years at Oklahoma. He improved his free-throw shooting to 71-percent his senior year, bettering the 65 percent he shot as a junior. Gray is known for his good attitude and enthusiasm on the court, and he hustled his way to 12 double-doubles as a senior. Defensively, Gray has good lateral quickness and his length helped him block 104 shots in 62 games as a Sooner. In college, Gray's athleticism allowed him to mask his weak shooting skills. At the college level, his post game appeared more than adequate, but that was mainly due to playing against weaker players. At the NBA level, he will not be able to utilize his post game as much, because he is listed at 6-foot-9, but many believe he's closer to 6-foot-8. The flaws in Gray's game, along with his height, will cause him to be drafted in the second round.

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