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Gray still in early stages

After a high school career that ranked him just outside the nation's top 100 recruits in 2012, point guard Josh Gray attended Texas Tech in 2012-13 and averaged 9.3 points, 3.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and two assists a game as a freshman.
With the coaching change happening at Tech Gray thought it was best for him to attend Odessa Community College this year and then look at his potential options for his junior and senior seasons. So far numerous schools have offered and many others are in contact.
After a standout performance at the Mullen's Top 100 Camp in St. Louis, Missouri Gray has received scholarship offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Memphis, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tennessee, and USC plus interest from several other programs including Arizona, Cincinnati, Marquette, and many others.
"Every school that has offered me is calling me pretty much every day and recruiting me hard," Gray said. "I don't really have just one or two schools that is coming after the hardest, everybody is pretty much recruiting me with the same effort, I can't even think about one that's coming harder than another.
"Some of the newer schools looking at me are Florida State, Minnesota, and I have a lot of schools that have been calling my coaches (at Odessa) that I haven't been able to meet with yet. Schools that will be coming in this month that haven't offered but want to talk to me face to face. I won't know about that until I get to school around September 10th or 11th when I get to school."
Coming out of Wheatley High in Houston in 2012 Gray was ranked as the nation's 16th best point guard and the 107th best recruit overall. He was the second highest rated three star recruit in the nation and he chose Texas Tech over offers from Mississippi State, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. This time the recruitment is a little different seeing as Josh has played a year of basketball in the Big XII.
"I'm just looking for a good situation and a coaching staff that is going to help me on and off the court and help me be a better man after basketball," Gray explained. "I'm also looking for a program that wins.â"
Minnesota is looking for a point guard to replace the several upperclassmen who will be playing the position this year and next season. Ever since the Mullins event Gray has been receiving regular attention from the Gopher coaches.
"They call a lot, I just talked to Richard Pitino yesterday or the day before," Gray said. "He was telling me about the program, what they are trying to do as far as winning and how I would fit in.
"As far as me, I like everything Minnesota has told me. I talk to them every other day, we are building a relationship, and I just like the opportunity I would have from them over there."
Most of the high school recruits are taking visits throughout the month of September but things are a little different for Gray and most junior college recruits. He's going to take visits but they won't start until later in the fall.
"I'm going to take two or three visits this fall and then save two for the end," Gray said. "I haven't came up with a list of schools that I'm going to visit yet. After the schools come in in September I'm going to come up with three schools that I would like to visit."
As a freshman the 6-foot-1 Gray scored his 9.3 points per game shooting 36.3 percent from the floor and 69.7 percent at the foul line. He led Texas Tech in assists, steals, minutes played, and never missed a game.
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