Gray, a 6-foot-7 versatile forward, selected the Seminoles shortly after cutting his school list down to six. That list included FSU, plus Baylor, Maryland, Memphis, Mississippi and Virginia Tech.
“Just the system they run,” Gray said when asked why he opted for Florida State. “I know I fit well and they really run an open offense and they always have versatile players and I’m a versatile player. Coach Hamilton has had success with players like me. I think I’ll fit right in.”
“It’s in Florida and my mom will get to see me play,” he added. “The program is building back up. I just felt real comfortable. It felt like I was at home.”
The Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard standout took an unofficial visit to Florida State this past Thursday through Saturday. By Sunday, Gray knew Florida State was the place for him.
“They are losing six or seven players and coach Hamilton is a different type of dude,” Gray said. “He makes me feel like a son. He didn’t really recruit me. He was just happy I was there and in my presence. We were just having a great time. He just took me in. I just felt at home.”
During the Spring and Summer, Gray played on the Under Armour circuit with the Florida Vipers. Through 16 games in the league, Gray averaged 10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
The FSU staff plans to use Gray in a variety of ways and compared him to some former standouts.
“They gave me some past players like Al Harrington and Chris Singleton,” he said. “They compared me to a lot of players.”
Florida State now has a pair of pledges in their 2017 recruiting class. Gray joins guard Bryan Trimble to make up their current class.