Rob Gray to Compete at Portsmouth Invitational

April 10, 2018

HOUSTON -- University of Houston Men's Basketball senior guard Rob Gray has been invited to compete at the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational, beginning Wednesday in Portsmouth, Va.

Gray was one of 64 seniors invited to participate in the four-day, 12-game tournament in front of NBA scouts. This marks the 66th straight season in which the Portsmouth Invitational has been played.

Gray will compete for Team Roger Brown's Restaurant for coaches Bill Mann and John Kelly and NBA assistant coach Johan Petro. His teammates include forwards Anas Mahmoud (Louisville), Johnathan Williams (Gonzaga), William Lee (UAB), Desi Rodriguez (Seton Hall) and Bogdan Bliznyuk (Eastern Washington) and guards Elijah Brown (Oregon) and Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure).

It also marks the second straight season in which the Cougars were represented at the tournament. In 2017, guard Damyean Dotson was honored as the event's Most Valuable Player after averaging 14.7 points per game on 55.9 percent shooting with 6.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game.

The tournament will be held at the Churchland High School Sports Complex (4301 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23703. Gray and his team open the tournament at 6 p.m. (CDT) Thursday vs. Portsmouth Sports Club.

Fans can watch games from the Portsmouth Invitational through NetCast Sports. In addition to the games, NetCast Sports will be live streaming the combine testing of the players on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

For the full schedule of broadcasts and information about the viewing the live streams, fans can visit NetCastSports.com.

Discounted books of general admission tickets are available at the Portsmouth Visitor Center for $35. Single-night tickets are available each evening at the door.

ABOUT Rob Gray
Gray received his invitational after an award-winning season for the Cougars during the 2017-18 season. The Forest City, N.C, native led the Cougars to a 27-8 overall record and second-place finish in the American Athletic Conference.

After the Cougars received their first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1990, Gray led all players with a career-high 39 points and banked in the game-winning layup with 1.1 seconds remaining in a 67-65 victory over rv/rv San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament First Round on March 15.

Gray averaged a team-best 19.3 points per game to lead the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference in scoring for the second straight season. He joined Houston legend Otis Birdsong as the only Cougars to enjoy multiple conference scoring titles during their careers.

Gray was named to the All-American Athletic Conference, USBWA All-District VII and NABC District 25 First Teams and finished his collegiate career as the eighth leading career scoring in Houston history with more than 1,700 points in three seasons.

He was one of 10 national finalists for the Jerry West Award, presented annually to the nation's top shooting guard, and was a Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American for excellence in character, classroom, community and classroom.

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

University of Houston Men's Basketball fans are invited to purchase 2018-19 season tickets as the Cougars compete in the $60-million Fertitta Center for the first time. Fans may purchase season tickets for the 2018-19 season for as low as $175 with a variety of premier seating options available.

University of Houston graduates from the previous five academic years qualify for special Young Alumni pricing of only $125.

Fans now have the opportunity to take their first steps toward the 2018-19 season by placing a $30 deposit on 2018-19 season tickets at UHCougars.com/mbbdeposit or by calling 713-462-6647.

For more information on the Fertitta Center Seat Selection Process, fans can visit uhcougars.com/fertittacenter or call the Cougar Pride Office at 713-743-GoUH (4684).

JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans 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.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook and Instagram pages.



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