The Xavier University Athletic Department announced today, Oct. 30, that Lakota West graduate Amber Gray has been given immediate eligibility to play this season by the NCAA.
The press release states:
“The Division I Subcommittee for Legislative Relief granted Gray’s waiver on Thursday. She has been medically cleared for competition by Xavier team doctors and she will be available Nov. 6 as the Musketeers host Bellarmine in exhibition play.”
“I am excited for Amber and am hopeful she will have a positive impact on our team this season,” Xavier head coach Kevin McGuff said in the release. “More importantly, we look forward to helping her reach her potential as a player over the next three seasons.”
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.
Also, according to Xavier’s release, Gray was forced to sit out the entire 2009-10 season after she underwent shoulder surgery on July 2 to repair a torn rotator cuff but suffered complications stemming from a brain aneurysm that hemorrhaged. Once doctors discovered the issue, Gray underwent a 12-hour procedure to repair the aneurysm.
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 defeat Stanford.