Kadre Gray of the Laurentian is the winner of the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy, given to the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year, and he was named to the U SPORTS All-Rookie team.
The 6-foot-1 guard led the OUA and U SPORTS in scoring this season, averaging 23.2 points per game. A Human Kinetics major, Gray becomes the first Voyageurs rookie to be honoured at the national level since the inception of the award in 1987-88. He is also just the third Voyageurs player to earn national recognition after Brad Hann was named the Ken Shields award winner in 1994-95 and Charlie Wise was named the Most Outstanding Player in 1977-78.
A product of Toronto’s famed Eastern Commerce, Gray came out of the gate flying to start the season and never looked back. He finished second in the country in total points (441) and free throws made (130), top-10 in field goals made (141) and minutes played per game (33.5), top-20 in free throw percentage (80.7%) and steals (37) and 22nd in assists (69). Gray’s U SPORTS All-Rookie Team nod is the first for a Voyageur since 2009-10 when Manny Pasquale was honoured.
“Kadre worked hard on and off the court all year,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords. “His desire to learn and improve was only matched by his competitiveness. Kadre is a great team player who, at times, had to carry his team this season. The future looks very bright for Kadre and the rest of our team.”