Gray accepted by USC, will practice Tuesday

Columbia, SC – USC Head Coach Dave Odom announced today the USC Admissions Office has reviewed the application of freshman forward Chad Gray (6'7, 210, Fr., F, Kingstree, S.C.) and he has been admitted to the University.

Gray cannot begin practice until after USC's graduation today (Dec. 18) . He is expected to begin practicing with the team on Tues., Dec. 19 and is eligible for play against Princeton (Wed., Dec. 20 at 7 pm in the Colonial Center).

"I am very pleased for Chad," said Odom. "His acceptance to the university rewards him for all his hard work and commitment over a long period of time. Chad never wavered in his desire to become a Gamecock. There is no doubt in my mind, given a proper amount of time, hard work and preparation, he will make a real contribution to our basketball team and to the university. Still, we must all keep in mind that he has much to learn, starting practice at midyear makes it even more difficult, thus his development will truly be a work in progress as we move towards our conference play in January. Our entire team and staff are excited to welcome him to the Gamecock family."

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