Justin Gray (’06) was a member of the Wake Forest men’s basketball team from 2002-06 and finished his career as the eighth-leading scorer in program history with 1,946 career points. The three-time All-ACC selection helped lead the Demon Deacons to three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2003 ACC regular season title. His 38-point game at Maryland in 2006 is the highest-scoring performance by a Wake Forest player this century.
When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
I graduated from our great university in 2006.
What was your major and/or minor?
I majored in communication.
What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
It means everything. I have always liked being the small school that not only wants to compete, but wants to win!
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
I’m involved because I really enjoyed my time in school, and I want to maintain a connection with the men’s basketball program and the Athletic Department.
Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
Personally, I feel one of the most salient acts you can do is to “plant a seed,” so to speak. No matter the amount of the contribution, it is being used to provide a better experience for the next generation. As a scholarship athlete myself, this concept hits home and I want to give back to help future Deacs achieve success.
What is your current occupation?
Director of Basketball Development for Wake Forest Athletics
What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
I don’t know if I can pick just one memory because I’ve been a part of some great times at Wake during my playing days. I have stories for days, but one thing I do remember is being picked to finish last in the ACC my freshman year. We ended up winning the ACC regular season outright that year, so that’s definitely one of my favorite memories. I remember Coach Prosser and his staff coming up with the acronym “TJDK” (they just don’t know), and the rest is history.
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
The family atmosphere is second to none. Being such a small school doesn’t mean a thing. No matter where I am in the world, once I say Wake Forest, people immediately know I came from a great university.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
I’m always amazed at how the campus has transformed and I’m excited about the future projects.
I was there when…
Screamin’ Demons were born, tie-dyed shirts were swarming, students camped out for basketball tickets and there wasn’t an empty seat in the Joel! I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it. Is it basketball season yet?!
Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
The late, great Skip Prosser. He was truly an extraordinary person. Mr. ABC’s himself…all the former players know what it means.
(Please note: This article was originally published in the November 2018 issue of Gold Rush.)