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Slam dunk: LU's Kadre Gray is Canada's top male university athlete this year

Historic season capped off by being named Laurentian's first Sports BLG Award winner
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Kadre Gray has cemented himself into the Laurentian Voyageurs history books as he was named the U SPORTS BLG Award winner on Monday night in Vancouver. (File)

Kadre Gray has cemented himself into the Laurentian Voyageurs history books as he was named the U SPORTS BLG Award winner on Monday night in Vancouver. 

The award is presented to the top female and male student-athletes from universities affiliated with U SPORTS. Formerly known as the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union, U SPORTS is the governing body of university sports in Canada.

Gray’s honour is the first for a Voyageur student-athlete. In his second year as guard for the Voyageurs, the 6-1, 190-pound Toronto native has racked up an impressive record in the 20 games he's played.

Averaging 24.4 points a game, his field goal percentage is 51.2 per cent, while his stat from the three-point line is a solid 43.1 per cent. His free-throw percentage is up over 80 per cent. Gray average eight rebounds a game.

Gray studies health promotion at Laurentian.

His accomplishment is even more impressive given the exceptional class of male nominees he was up against, including football player Ed Ilnicki from the University of Alberta, representing Canada West, wrestler Francis Carter from Concordia, representing the RSEQ, and basketball player Javon Masters from UNB, representing the AUS.

"Laurentian Athletics and the entire campus community congratulate Kadre for this huge accomplishment," said Athletic Director Peter Hellstrom. 

"The dedication and passion of this exceptional student-athlete are an inspiration to us all."

The BLG Awards officially bring Gray’s impressive 2017-18 season to a close. It was a season that saw him lead the country in assists, narrowly miss out on retaining his national scoring title and help his Voyageurs men’s basketball team to their best record in over a decade.

He and his teammates will now enjoy a short break before they head to Costa Rica in early August to play a trio of NCAA teams as they ramp up to the 2018-19 season.




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