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Personal: His uncle Steve played for Duke (1975-79) and helped them to the Final Four (1978). Another uncle played linebacker for UCLA. Aaron Gray was Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior in high school. First team AAAA all-state as a senior.
Strengths: Gray's massive frame is more than equipped to handle playing the post at the NBA level. His size allows him to set up on the block and get fantastic position before receiving the ball. Gray has a nice repertoire of post moves, including a drop-step, soft right-handed hook shot, and a turnaround jump shot to either side. He also scores a large percentage of his points off of offensive rebounds. Gray excels at hitting the boards on both ends of the floor. He boxes out opponents very well, and again relies on his frame to do most of the work. Defensively he is very strong down low, often forcing opponents to catch the ball far from the basket.
Weaknesses: Athleticism is not a major factor in Gray's game. He isn't fast and lacks the explosiveness to make him a real shot-blocking threat. Though his stamina has improved over the years, he still is often winded at the end of games.
Outlook: Gray will likely fall to the early second round, but could be a steal. He isn't very athletic, but he has the skill to still be an effective post player and he knows how to use his body to his advantage. If Gray isn't starting in the league, he will make for a great big man coming off the bench.
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