Junior point guard Geoff Gray is on the verge of scoring his 1,000th career point for Emerson’s men’s basketball team, which would gain him entry into an exclusive club of 17 players who previously accomplished the feat at the college.
Gray scored 17 points in Emerson’s 86-57 loss to Springfield College on Saturday, leaving him 26 points away from 1,000.
He would be the first basketball player to reach the mark while playing the entirety of his Emerson career in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Emerson’s men’s basketball team moved to the NEWMAC in 2013.
Gray scored 115 points in his first season, then stepped up as the team’s main scorer in his sophomore campaign. He scored 450 points to finish fourth in the conference and saw his field goal percentage jump to 46.3 percent from his 37.8 percent freshman year mark.
The Newton, Massachusetts native is averaging just under 35 minutes per game this season, and leads the Lions in scoring with 409 points. His average of 19.5 points per game places him second in the conference.
The list of 17 former Emerson athletes to reach 1,000 points includes both men’s and women’s basketball players. The school’s highest all-time scorer is former Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, who scored 2,196 points during his tenure at the college from 2000 to 2004.
Michael Thorpe, who started at point guard during Gray’s freshman season, was the school’s most recent 1,000 point scorer. Thorpe accomplished the feat during his senior year, and finished with 1,229 career points.
Chart: Emerson’s 1,000 Point Scorers