Chelsea Gray was honored at the NCAA Final Four on Saturday as the junior point guard was named to the prestigious 10-member 2013 NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America Basketball Team at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.NEW ORLEANS, La.- Duke’s
Gray was selected to the Coaches All-America team for the first time in her career and became the seventh Blue Devil to earn the honor – Alana Beard (2002-04), Monique Currie (2005-06), Lindsey Harding (2007), Georgia Schweitzer (2001), Iciss Tillis (2003) and Michele VanGorp (1999).
Other members of the 2013 squad include Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut) and Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut).
The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2013 WBCA National Convention.
A native of Manteca, Calif., Gray was having a standout season in 2012-13 prior to getting injured in the first half against Wake Forest on Sunday, Feb. 17. She suffered a dislocated kneecap and was forced to miss the rest of the season, after starting the first 25 contests. Gray, the 2013 Co-ACC Player of the Year, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals heading into game against the Demon Deacons. She led the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally in steals as well.
“It is definitely a blessing to be named to the Coaches All-America team,” commented Gray. “I am excited and blessed for the opportunity. I would like to thank the members of the committee as I am very thankful to be included in this group of 10 outstanding student-athletes. I didn’t know I would be up for this type of award after my injury, but I worked very hard during the season and it paid off.”
At the time of the injury, Gray had led Duke to a 23-1 overall record and 13-0 mark in the ACC. The 5-11 guard was on pace to set a Duke single-season record for steals with 89 in 25 contests, while posting three games with 10 or more assists. At home against seventh-ranked Maryland in the game before her injury, Gray registered a career-high 28 points, three assists, four steals and three rebounds to lead Duke to a 71-56 victory.
Gray was named to the All-ACC First Team for the second straight year, while earning All-ACC Defensive team accolades as a junior. She is a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and USBWA National Player of the Year candidate as well. The 5-11 guard became the first Duke player to notch two triple-doubles as she collected 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists at Boston College earlier this season.
Her Blue Devil squad advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, while winning the ACC regular season and tournament titles.