"I don't really get homesick," he
said. "But it's really nice being back here; I have a lot of family and friends
in the state of
At Davenport Central, Gray earned all-conference honors after averaging 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior. He was an all-metro selection and a top-100 McDonald's All-American nominee.
Initially out of high school Gray
said he wasn't heavily recruited by
"His coaching staff didn't get
along with the coaches I was talking to at the time as far as my AAU coach and
my high school coach," Gray said. "They didn't think it'd be the right fit for
me at the time, so I didn't look into [
So Gray ended up in
"It's similar to every other college," Gray said. "They work just as hard, but the conditioning isn't as hard as it is here. We have a good program here and I'm pleased with my decision."
Gray said that year at
"Out of high school I thought it was all like the movies go and have fun," he said. "I think junior college helped me settle down as far as basketball and academics; so I think it's really helped me a lot."
Gray, who plays either the three or four, said his role on this Cyclones squad is simple.
"Just to rebound," he said. "We have three of the best scorers in the country, as far as anything me and Shawn [Taggart] need to do is just rebound and kick the ball out to them and score when we can."
There are a couple games Gray is
already getting anxious to play, the first being
Gray's also excited to play for ISU head coach Wayne Morgan.
"He's a players coach," Gray said. "He's the type of guy if you ever have a problem, you go talk to him. That's one of the things that drew me to him; he's just a real down to earth person."
Gray arrived in
"It's great," he said. "I love the people, they're fun. I'm a real talkative type person, if you come up to me and talk to me, I'll talk back. I have no problem with that, I'm just real free and fun."