Gray workouts may take place at NBA camp
Scratch the NBA workout Aaron Gray was planning somewhere in the Northeast.
The Pitt center, who completed his junior year by averaging a double-double in his first college season in a starting role, apparently will wait until after he arrives this week at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Florida.
Gray is contemplating leaving school early to enter the NBA Draft, and while he will not take part in the camp from Tuesday through Saturday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, near Orlando, he will undergo a physical and is expected to participate in private workouts.
Gray’s 7-foot, 270-pound frame is intriguing to all 30 NBA clubs. The San Antonio Spurs last week were among the latest to express an interest, but they lack a first-round pick in this year’s draft June 28 in New York.
“Who knows what will happen between now and then?” Gray said in an interview May 18 at Petersen Events Center. “All the money that (teams) can pay me can’t buy back my senior year in college.”
Gray, as well as Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, hasn’t spoken to the local media since then, when Gray revealed plans to conduct a workout session for interested NBA teams at an undisclosed location.
Gray, a native of Emmaus, Lehigh County, became the fourth player in Pitt history to earn the Big East Conference Most Improved Player Award and the sixth to earn all-Big East first-team honors, as the Panthers reached the NCAA Tournament second round. He led the conference in rebounding (10.5 rpg) and double-doubles (18) and was the only player in the league to average a double-double (13.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg).
Because he has not hired an agent, Gray can return to Pitt, as long as he withdraws his name from the draft by June 18, roughly one week after the conclusion of the pre-draft camp.
“I constantly think about our team next year,” Gray said last month. “We’re going to have a great team.”
Meanwhile, guard Carl Krauser, who finished his college career as Pitt’s ninth all-time leading scorer with 1,642 points, has participated in several workouts for NBA teams, including the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. Krauser attended the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago last year as a junior but didn’t hire an agent and returned to school, where he led Pitt in scoring (15.0 ppg) and assists (4.8 apg) for a second consecutive season.
Center Kevin Pittsnogle and guard Mike Gansey, two former West Virginia stars who helped the Mountaineers to consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a spot in the Elite Eight in 2005, also are headed to Florida this week but won’t participate in the camp.
The 6-11 Pittsnogle, who averaged 19.3 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot 40.1 percent (91 for 227) from 3-point range last season, reportedly has completed workouts with the Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies. He has scheduled additional workouts with the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks.
Gansey, who averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds reportedly has worked out for the Warriors.