JERRY WEST AWARD
|Chandler Hutchison||Boise State|
|E.C. Matthews||Rhode Island|
University of Houston senior guard Rob Gray was honored Tuesday as one of 10 finalists for the Jerry West Award, presented annually to the nation's top shooting guard.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Jerry West and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's selection committee.
The winner of the 2018 Jerry West Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show, presented by Wendy's in Los Angeles on April 6. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.
In October, Gray was one of 20 candidates selected by a national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel for the award's Watch List. Throughout the 2017-18 season, Gray established himself as one of the American Athletic Conference's and the nation's premier players.
This season, Gray ranks second in the league with 18.3 points per game and ranks among the league's top-seven leaders in assists (4.2, 5th), free throw percentage (82.1, 7th) and assist-turnover ratio (2.0, 4th). He is one of only two players to stand among The American's top-two leaders in both scoring and assists.
He has scored at least 20 points in 11 games this season, including a career-high 37 points against Drexel, in the Paradise Jam on Nov. 17.
In addition to his scoring, Gray leads the Cougars with 4.2 assists per game and has dished out at least five assists in each of the last seven games.
Gray also has established himself in the Houston records book. The Forest City, N.C., native ranks 15th in Houston history with 1,440 career points and was the 12th fastest player in school history to reach that milestone.
Off the court, Gray received his bachelor's degree in sociology.
He was joined by Allonzo Trier (Arizona), Chandler Hutchison (Boise State), Marcus Foster (Creighton), Grayson Allen (Duke), Kendrick Nunn (Oakland), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island), Tyus Battle (Syracuse) and Fletcher Magee (Wofford)
Gray and the Cougars return to action at 8 p.m., Thursday, when they play host to American Athletic Conference rival SMU inside H&PE Arena.
That will be the start of a three-game homestand for the Cougars, who have posted a 10-0 record in home games during the regular season.
Fans are invited to wear black for Thursday's game as the Cougars Black Out H&PE Arena. FREE black For The City t-shirts will be given away while supplies last.
University of Houston students will want to arrive early to H&PE Arena for a special tailgate party for them. The tailgate opens at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, near the shuttle dropoff location at H&PE Arena and features free food and giveaways.
Fans can purchase mini-plans, flex plans and single-game tickets with single-game tickets starting at only $15. Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
JOIN the 50-50-CLUB
Fans also are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
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