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LSU gets commitment from junior college star Josh Gray

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Josh Gray averaged 9.3 points in his one season at Texas Tech. (USATSI)
Josh Gray averaged 9.3 points in his one season at Texas Tech. (USATSI)

On Wednesday, junior college guard Josh Gray made his fifth college commitment – but this one could stick.

Gray pledged to LSU over a slew of schools, including UNLV, Illinois, Texas A&M, Providence, Marquette, Missouri and others. Louisville was interested, but the Cardinals got a signature from Quentin Snider last week.

The 6-foot-1 Louisiana native had decommitted from Florida State in late October after committing to the Seminoles in mid-September. He originally committed to Mississippi State out of high school, but head coach Rick Stansbury departed before Gray arrived in Starkville. He then went to Texas Tech, where he averaged 9.3 points as a freshman. However, Billy Gillispie resigned six weeks before the season, and interim Chris Walker didn't get the permanent head coach job. In April, Gray left Lubbock for Odessa Junior College (Fla.).

“I'm looking for a relationship, and I'm looking for a coach that's going to be there,” Gray told me in July. “Every coach I signed with, they left. I'm looking for a school whose coach is going to be there.”

Gray is one of the best junior college prospects in the country. According to Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com, he has scored 61 points and 59 points in his last two games. Gray can beat his defender consistently off the dribble, showing the ability to get into the lane and finish at the rim or dish to a teammate for an open shot. During the summer, he also showed improved ability to initiate offense for others and utilize ball-screens and pick-and-rolls.

LSU continues to stockpile talent under head coach Johnny Jones. He did a terrific job landing forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey in the class of 2013, and already has top-10 recruit Ben Simmons locked up for the class of 2015.

And Gray will join center Elbert Robinson (No. 54 in 247Sports Composite), guard Jalyn Patterson (No. 215) and center Aaron Epps (No. 308) in the Tigers' 2014 class.

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