Xavier women's basketball player redshirt sophomore Amber Gray has officially been given immediate eligibility to play this season by the NCAA. 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," commented head coach Kevin McGuff. "More importantly, we look forward to helping her reach her potential as a player over the next three seasons."
Gray played at the University of Tennessee during the 2008-09 season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game. She was one of the most highly-touted recruits in the class of 2008 when she came out of Lakota West High School. Gray scored 1,931 points during her prep career, was a 2008 McDonald's All-American and also earned All-America recognition from Parade Magazine, USA Today, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, EA Sports and Slam Magazine.
She was also honored as the Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and was an All-State pick in 2007 and 2008. Gray participated in the 2008 USA Women's U18 National Team Trials.
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.