Former Hornets aiming to play pro hoops

DOVER — Neither Kendall Gray or Amere May were selected in the NBA Draft.

But that doesn’t mean the two former Delaware State basketball standouts have given up on their dream of playing in the NBA.

Gray, a Polytech High grad, is currently competing with the Detroit Pistons NBA Summer League team, while May is a

Kendall Gray

Kendall Gray

member of the Chicago Bulls summer squad. Each is hoping to make a good enough impression during the summer stint to earn a NBA training camp invitation this coming season.

In addition, another ex-DSU player — Caesar Rodney High grad Tyshawn Bell — has signed to play for a professional team in Austria.

The 6-foot-10 Gray was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, joining current NBA standout Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State) as the only MEAC players to achieve the feat.

The Dover native was tops in the MEAC and tied for first among NCAA Division I players in rebounding at 11.8 per game last season. He also led the league and ranked 15th in the nation in blocks at 2.8 per contest.

“I know a lot of people who like him,” DelState coach Keith Walker said about Gray last month. “A lot of people were following him throughout the season and look at him as a guy who can help down the road. They see the same thing that I do. All you can ask for is a chance.”

Gray is on the Detroit summer-league squad that is playing in Orlando this week.

The national spotlight shined on Gray when he became the first player in recorded NCAA Division I history to reach 30 points and 30 rebounds in a game. He scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in the Hornets’ 104-92 victory at Coppin State on Mar. 5.

Gray is Delaware State’s career leader with 305 blocks. He also holds the top three records for blocks in a single game.

May was also a All-MEAC first-team selection. He led the league and ranked fifth among all Division I players in scoring at 21.0 points per game last season. He tallied 671 points during his senior year, the third-best single season mark in team history.

May also made national headlines with a 48-point performance at St. Francis on Dec. 17, the second highest total in school history and tops in Division I last season.

He scored 40 points vs. Coppin State on March 5, and poured in 32 in the Hornets’ upset of Wake Forest on Nov. 28.

The Bulls are slated to play in the NBA’s summer-league session being played in Las Vegas starting on Friday.

Bell was third on DSU in scoring last winter, averaging 11.1 points per game. He sank 73-of-195 three-pointers as a senior.

The three seniors helped the Hornets reach the MEAC championship game in March.

Emanual Davis (1988-91) is the only Delaware State player to compete in the NBA, logging six seasons between the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Seattle SuperSonics.

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