Grayer Returns to ISU Program

AMES, Iowa--Jeff Grayer, former Iowa State All-American, school's all-time leading scorer (2,502) and 1988 United States Olympian, has announced his plan to return to Ames and finish his degree while helping out the Iowa State basketball program as a student assistant.

"Our team is fortunate to have someone with Jeff's experience involved in our program," ISU head coach Wayne Morgan said. "We are glad that Bruce Van De Velde helped us get Jeff to return and finish his degree while assisting the program."

Grayer, who played nine years in the NBA after his stellar Cyclone career, will assist the program at the Cyclone basketball camps and other various administrative duties.

"This is a great opportunity for Jeff and for our men's basketball program," ISU athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said. "It will be a real plus for our basketball team to have someone of Jeff's stature with us."

A native of Flint, Mich., Grayer was a three-time all-Big Eight pick from 1985-88, helping the Cyclones to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen berth in 1986. Grayer led the Big Eight Conference in scoring with a 25.3 ppg average as a senior in 1988 en route to earning second-team All-America honors. The summer following his senior season, Grayer made the 12-man United States Olympic team that won a Bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

"I am very excited to be able return to Ames and pursue my degree and work with the basketball program," Grayer said. "I have an opportunity to finish my degree and I want to thank Coach Morgan and Bruce Van De Velde for allowing me to help out with the basketball team while I achieve my goal. Getting my first chance at coaching and assisting at the collegiate level at my alma mater is truly a dream come true."

Grayer was a first round pick in the 1988 NBA draft, selected No. 13 by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played nine years in the NBA for five different teams. His last stop was in 1998 when he signed a contract with the Charlotte Hornets. He also played two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) before his playing career ended.

His experience in the CBA helped him land a pair of head coaching jobs with the league. In 2001-02, he was the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Flint Fuze. He spent last season (2002-03) with the Great Lakes Storm in the same capacity. Grayer also founded the Flintzone Summer Pro-Am League in 1996, providing an outlet for amateur basketball players to showcase their skills.

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