TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State University redshirt junior RaiQuan Gray, who will earn his undergraduate degree in Social Science on April 23, 2021, announced today he is entering the 2021 NBA Draft. An All-ACC Third-team selection this past season, he led the Seminoles with a career-high 6.4 rebounds per game average and ranked second on the team in scoring with a career-high 11.9 points per game scoring average in leading the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his career this season.
Gray helped lead the Seminoles to the 2020 ACC Championship, to three NCAA Tournaments, and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2018, 2019 and 2021. He played in two ACC Tournament championship games (2019 and 2021), six NCAA Tournament games and in 13 victories over nationally ranked teams including wins over No. 2 Ranked Virginia in the semifinals of the 2018 ACC Tournament and No. 6 Florida on November 10, 2019. During his career, Gray was undefeated against the Gators and helped the Seminoles win four consecutive games over their cross-state rivals.
The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native scored in double figures 15 times in 2021 including 12 straight games of 10 points or more from January 16 through March 6. He was named the ACC Player of the Week for his 24-point and 12-rebound performance in Florida State’s regular season win over Wake Forest (February 20) and totaled a team-high 17 points in the Seminoles victory over UNC Greensboro in the 2021 NCAA Tournament (March 20).
“RaiQuan is going to enjoy a long career as a professional player,” said Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “He has grown and matured by leaps and bounds since he arrived at Florida State. I am very proud of him for earning his degree from Florida State in four years and for being a member of NCAA Tournament teams in each of his years on our team.”
Gray started 24 of Florida State’s 25 games in 2021 and nearly doubled his scoring (6.0 ppg to 11.9 ppg) and rebounding averages (3.8 rpg to 6.4 rpg) from his sophomore season to his junior season. He totaled three double doubles in 2021 with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Miami at home (January 27), 13 points and 12 rebounds at Miami (February 24), and 15 points and 12 rebounds at Notre Dame (March 6).
“Growing up I never thought I would be in the position that I am today,” said Gray. “Coming from Fort Lauderdale, I never thought that I would play high level Division I basketball and graduate with my degree after four years. To the entire coaching staff at FSU, thank you. Thank you to Seminole Nation for a memorable three years. You guys never failed to pack out the Tuck. I’d mostly like to thank my teammates for the unbreakable and inseparable relationships that will last us for the rest of our lives.”