After transferring from Boston University prior to the 2020 season, Chris Gray set UNCs single season points record in his first full season at Chapel Hill, Chris Gray is hoping to add more accolades to his UNC career in 2022.
Chris Gray player profile
Chris Gray was born in Port Jefferson, New York. He played his high school lacrosse at Shoreham Wading River High School. He was a dual sport athlete, playing running back for the school and helping lead the football team to three straight Long Island Championships. As a lacrosse player, he was a 2016 US Lacrosse All-American, leading the Wildcats to a Long Island Championship.
During his senior year, Gray led Long Island in points for a second straight year with 115 points and was named a 2017 All-American.
Prior to his Junior season, Gray had committed to play for Boston University, which was a new Division 1 program at the time of his commitment. After his strong junior and senior years, he had shot up the recruit rankings and had several big time programs interested in him. Even with all the extra attention, Gray maintained his commitment to Boston University.
“I developed a close relationship with coach Polley and the whole coaching staff. Between them coming out for my football and lacrosse games and calling to check in on me, I’ve always felt close to the staff and the school. I knew immediately when I got on campus that this is where I wanted to be.”
– Chris Gray
Gray wasted no time getting acclimated at BU, notching 5 points in his debut against Providence.
“That first game, I wanted to be ready to go and just forget about high school and move into college. My teammates did a good job getting me adjusted, same with the coaches.”
That scoring touch continued all season, setting the program freshman record of 70 points. Gray won Patriot League Rookie of the Year and was named a Honorable Mention on the 2018 All-American team.
Gray really exploded onto the national scene as a sophomore, leading the nation in regular season scoring and setting a Patriot League record 111 points. That total included 3 points in every game he played in and a whopping 15 games with at least 5 points, including an 8 point performance in the Terriers 18-11 upset over No. 2 Loyola.
His record setting season earned him first team All-American honors. While he was excelling on the field, Chris was wanting to challenge himself academically and realized Boston University wasn’t the place for him in the classroom.
After a summer of being recruited by the top programs, Gray ultimately chose North Carolina for the academics. He entered his first season with the Tar Heels with high expectations, but they were ultimately cut short due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. UNC was 7-0 and Gray averaged almost 7 points per game.
In 2021, Gray was finally able to play a full season with his Tar Heel teammates and the prolific scorer continued to dominate against ACC opponents and helped UNC win a share the ACC regular season title while earning the No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament. UNC made it all the way to the final four before losing to the eventual National Champions Virginia.
Gray had another stellar season, finishing with a school record 91 points and was named an All-American and a Tewaaraton Finalist.
Gray has always been known as a humble player, and even with all of the individual accolades, Gray knows he is still missing the most important thing for him and his teammates, a National Championship.
“That would mean everything, I think that’s the reason why you come to North Carolina. To win a national championship. And honestly, that’s why you play as a player. It’s not for the individual success, but rather working towards a common goal with your team—and in that case it’s definitely the national championship for us.”