A man of few words, Redlands Community College power forward and Sooner basketball signee Taj Gray generally lets his play on the basketball court do his talking.
Yet after returning to El Reno, Okla. from Monday night's Southern Nazarene-Oklahoma City women's basketball game, the 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward discussed a variety of topics, ranging from Oklahoma's struggles this season to his expectations in Norman, during an exclusive OUInsider.com interview.
OUInsider.com: Congratulations on being named All-Region 2 Player of the Year recently. What is the latest on your season this year?
Gray: "We're 32-1 and ranked No. 1 in the nation. We play our first game in the national junior college tournament next Tuesday. Individually, I'm averaging 17 points, 10.5 rebounds and three blocks. I'm also shooting 55 percent from the field."
OUInsider.com: What are thoughts on Oklahoma's season this year?
Gray: "They're just a young team. They can't do anything but get better. I saw nothing but good things (this season). It's disappointing they might not make the NCAA Tournament this year, but future-wise, they're going to be there sooner or later. It's just going to take awhile. They just need to come together."
OUInsider.com: What are your expectations for next season?
Gray: "I expect to go in there and win. I'm not really on myself to see how good I can do. Being a starter and that sort of thing isn't up to me, it's up to Coach Sampson. That all depends on how hard I work. Honestly, as long as we're winning, I don't care how many points or rebounds I get."
OUInsider.com: In what areas will you impact Oklahoma the most?
Gray: "Rebounding. That's an area where it comes down to who wants it more. That's something that just comes from your heart. As far as scoring goes, that's something everybody can do, so that's nothing big. But I do have some moves and the ability to score down low."
OUInsider.com: Have you been to any of Oklahoma's games this season?
Gray: "Yeah, I went to three home games. It was pretty exciting to see the lights and all the fans. The Texas game was great. It felt real good to be there. The atmosphere was real nice."
OUInsider.com: Ultimately, why did you choose the Sooners over Arkansas, Texas A&M and Xaiver?
Gray: "I got along with everybody and I fit in real well. OU's coaches and players work real hard every day. I like that, because I feel I can outwork anybody."
OUInsider.com: Who is another basketball player you most comparable to and why?
Gray: "I've never really been compared to anybody but myself. I like to be my own individual. I don't try taking anybody's moves, because I just try to be my own person."
OUInsider.com: When do you expect to arrive in Norman?
Gray: "I'm not sure yet, but I'm real excited about getting there. There's so much to see and do there."
RECRUITING: Gray excited about Sooner future
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