Gray, White Jr. Earn All-Conference

March 5, 2018

HOUSTON - University of Houston Men’s Basketball senior guard Rob Gray and freshman forward Fabian White Jr. earned American Athletic Conference postseason honors, the league announced Monday morning.

Gray was named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team for the second straight season, while White earned a place on the league’s All-Rookie Team.

Under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, both student-athletes have played important roles in leading the Cougars to a 26-4 overall record and 14-4 mark in American Athletic Conference play to tie for second with No. 11 Wichita State in the league

Monday’s award was only the latest for Gray during his outstanding career. In February, he was named one of 10 national finalists for the Jerry West Award, presented annually to the nation’s top shooting guard, and for the Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes excellence in character, classroom, community and classroom.

This season, Gray ranks third in the league with 18.1 points per game and is one of only two players to stand among The American’s top-four leaders in both scoring and assists.

He has scored at least 20 points in 13 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 and ranks fourth in the league with 4.7 assists per game.

Gray also has made his mark in the Houston records book, recently moving into 10th in Houston career history with 1,581 points

Off the court, Gray received his bachelor’s degree in sociology in December 2017.

Gray was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Gary Clark (Cincinnati), Jacob Evans III (Cincinnati), Shaquille Morris (Wichita State) and Landry Shamet (Wichita State)

Jalen Adams (UConn), Junior Etou (Tulsa), Melvin Frazier (Tulane), Jeremiah Martin (Memphis) and Shake Milton (SMU) were named to the Second Team. A.J. Davis (UCF), Quinton Rose (Temple) and Kyle Washington (Cincinnati) were recognized as Honorable Mention.

A product of Atascocita High School, White has been a steady performer in the frontcourt for the Cougars during his first collegiate season.

He is one of six players to compete in all 30 games to date and leads the team with 30 blocked shots. A two-time Rookie of the Week honoree, White scored a career-high 17 points in the Cougars’ win at ECU on Jan. 14 and swatted four shots at Tulane (Jan. 17) and against Fairfield (Dec. 6).

He enjoyed a pair of double-double this season – including 16 points and 11 boards against league rival USF – and became only the seventh freshman in school history to post multiple double-doubles in a single season.

White was joined on the All-Rookie Team by Ethan Chargois (SMU), David Collins (USF), Nate Pierre-Louis (Temple), and Shawn Williams (ECU).

Gray and White lead the Cougars into the postseason this weekend. The Cougars will compete as the No. 3 seed at the Aaron's American Athletic Conference Championship, beginning Thursday inside the Amway Center in Orlando.

Houston will face the winner of the game between No. 6 seed UCF and No. 11 seed ECU at 8 p.m. (CST) Friday. The game will be shown on ESPNU and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.

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