LSU basketball head coach Johnny Jones confirmed Monday that when the Tigers leave tomorrow for a five-game, 12-day exhibition tour of Australia, senior point guard Josh Gray will not be with the team.
According to Jones, Gray participated in an unsanctioned basketball game. The fourth-year Bayou Bengals head coach declined further comment or elaboration until the matter is resolved by the LSU compliance department.
Multiple sources told TSD that Gray competed in a pro-am tournament recently in his hometown of Lake Charles, La.
Jones indicated sophomore Jalyn Patterson is spending more time on the ball now, giving LSU another option at point guard minus Gray. Patterson figures to back up starting point guard Tim Quarterman in Australia, and the Tigers also have the option of letting freshman phenom Ben Simmons take the ball up the court.
But the more important question: How might this affect Gray's eligibility for the 2015-16 campaign?
Already LSU is at 12 scholarship players for the season, opting to stay one shy of the maximum allowed to play the midseason transfer market, and will be without Arizona transfer Craig Victor for the first semester.
Should Gray find himself in a compliance bind, Jones & Co. would be down to 10 scholarship players for the first seven or eight games of the season (however many games Victor ends up missing).
Gray started 20 games a season ago as a junior college transfer, averaging 7.1 points.