Lakota West graduate Amber Gray has transferred from the University of Tennessee to Xavier University, according to Xavier University Associate Sports Information Director Pat McKenna.
Gray was one of the most highly-touted recruits in the class of 2008 when she graduated from Lakota West High School. In her high school career, she scored 1,931 points and was a 2008 McDonald’s All-American. The Cincinnati Enquirer named her Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
At Tennessee, Gray averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game during the 2008-2009 season. She missed the entire 2009-2010 season after suffering a stroke in July of 2009.
According to the press release, Gray underwent shoulder surgery on July 2 to repair a torn rotator cuff but suffered complications stemming from a brain aneurysm that hemorrhaged, resulting in a stroke. Once doctors discovered the issue, Gray underwent a 12-hour procedure to repair the aneurysm. She has undergone intensive rehabilitation and has made tremendous progress towards her goal of a full recovery.
“I am incredibly excited to welcome Amber to Xavier,” said head coach Kevin McGuff. “She is a terrific young woman who will impact our program in many ways. Our entire staff is looking forward to helping Amber continue her progress towards a full recovery and I am very optimistic that she will get back to being the special player that she is. I also want to thank the women’s basketball staff at Tennessee, as they have been very helpful in Amber’s transition to Xavier.”
According to the release, Gray will enroll at Xavier this fall and be eligible to play in the 2011-2012 season. However, the NCAA could grant her eligibility this season and could play if she is cleared by Xavier University doctors.
Xavier finished the 2009-2010 with a 30-4 overall record and as the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament champions. The team also advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament before losing, 55-53, on a buzzer-beating lay up to Stanford.