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RaiQuan Gray declares for 2021 NBA Draft

Florida State point forward RaiQuan Gray, a unique talent, will enter the 2021 NBA Draft.

A 6-foot-8, 260-pound point forward, Gray can do a little bit of everything. From Florida State’s 1-5 switch defense, Gray defended all five positions; he’s also a quality team defender. For his career, Gray averaged 2.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per 40 minutes.

However, what truly makes Gray such a fun prospect is his playmaking and feel for the game. Gray has a decent handle and he can make live-dribble pass on the move; it’s a delightful sight to witness a man that size orchestrate pick-and-roll.

During his four years with FSU, Gray appeared in 90 games (52 starts.) After redshirting the 2017-18 season, Gray quickly became a fixture in Florida State’s rotation. In the three seasons with Gray a part of the regular rotation, Florida State won 78.4 percent of its games.

As a redshirt junior in the 2020-21 season, Gray was in the best shape of his life. Slimed down and with improved stamina, Gray averaged career-highs in minutes (26.3), points (11.9), rebounds (6.4), assists (2.2) and steals (1.7). Gray was named third team All-ACC.

If Gray returned for the 2021-22 college season, he would’ve profiled as an ACC Player of the Year Candidate. Florida State is shaping up to have a strong squad, regardless.

Gray isn’t a lock to be drafted this July; however, he’s absolutely a draftable prospect. All 30 NBA teams covet two-way versatility and passing; Gray offers both, in a rather intriguing package. Given the recent success of FSU players going to the NBA, it shouldn’t be hard for Gray to draw attention.

Even if he goes undrafted, it’s rather easy to see Gray snagging a two-way contract with an NBA team, and launching his career from there.

 

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