Gray gets call from "dream school"

Louisiana native Josh Gray has had a long, complicated recruitment. Though plenty of programs had shown him interest throughout the process, LSU hadn't come calling. That's all changed though, and the home-state Tigers are now squarely in the mix.

Through high school in Lake Charles to prep school in Houston, the call from LSU never came.

After Josh Gray signed with Mississippi State and later switched to Texas Tech, LSU never made contact. After Texas Tech didn't work out and he made the move to the junior college level at Odessa JC, he still did not hear from the Tigers.

Finally, two weeks ago, after a commitment and decommitment from Florida State, Gray received a phone call from LSU assistant coach David Patrick: His dream school, LSU wanted him.

It was almost too late.

"I was going to tell them I wasn't interested," Gray told TSD Sunday night. "I've been putting up big numbers for a while and that didn't stop other schools from recruiting me. But it was a different LSU coaching staff. I couldn't hold that against them."

In fact, the short period of time at Odessa before Gray committed to Florida State was the only point that he was available for the current LSU staff to recruit him. LSU has apparently smoothed over any ruffled feathers Gray had by turning up the heat on his recruitment.

Patrick flew to Odessa on Sunday afternoon for a visit with Gray that was only scheduled the previous day.

"I was just surprised he flew in on his day off," Gray said. "They just played yesterday. That shows me how serious they are about me. The whole staff has been recruiting me."

Gray said he has heard from Patrick, LSU head coach Johnny Jones and LSU assistant Korey McCray.

While he deemed the visit from Patrick as very positive, Gray said he didn't learn a lot because he is already very familiar with LSU.

"I know everything about the situation," he said. "I know the players, know the coaches. Coach Patrick just told me that they need a guard like me to take them over the top."

Gray has taken the basketball world by storm over the past couple of weeks, scoring more than 40 points in 4 of his first 6 games, including a 61 point night. That blazing start, coupled with a solid freshman season at Texas Tech, has brought a lot of college coaches to Odessa.

Besides LSU, he has received interest from Louisville, UNLV, Marquette and Missouri. He scheduled official visits to Louisville for Dec. 13 and LSU for Dec. 22. However, after Louisville received a commitment from 5-star point guard Quenten Snider, Gray dropped the Cardinals from consideration.

He said he is considering moving his LSU visit to Dec. 13. Gray has no other visits scheduled at this time.

The Fall signing period comes to a close on Nov. 20. If Gray doesn't sign with a school by then, he would not be able to sign until April.

"I don't think that's going to happen, but you never know," Gray said, when asked if he might sign early. "I don't have a time table. I'll commit when it feels right."

So what is Gray looking for in a team?

"I'm look for a good situation, as far as the other players and the coaching staff. I'm going to play wherever I go, so I want a school where the players are serious about winning."

And wherever that is, Gray said, it will be better than where he is now.

"I don't like junior college at all," he said. "It's not for me. I'm ready to get out of here."


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