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Mizzou focusing on JUCO guard

When Mizzou missed out on Tiger legacy Devin Booker, fans immediately started to focus on who Frank Haith and his staff would turn their attention to in recruiting. Some old names came up, like Ahmed Hill and Josh Cunningham, but it appears Mizzou has set its sights on high scoring junior college guard, Josh Gray.
"[Frank Haith and Tim Fuller] came and watched a game already. I had a 42 point game that night," explained the 6-foot-1 combo-guard. "They are supposed to be coming back and seeing me on Thursday or Friday when we play in Dallas. I talk with them almost every day."
The 42 point game took place on November 9 against Pima Community College. A week later, Gray went off for 61 points in a game. Two weeks in to the season, he is averaging 34.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds a game on 48.6% field goal shooting.
Wherever Gray ends up will be his third college in three years. Out of high school, he signed with Texas Tech. But when Billy Gillispie was fired prior to the season and Chris Walker after, Gray decided to move on to Odessa. He made the decision to go the junior college route so he would not have to sit out a year.
Now, with major division one programs calling regularly it sounds like Gray will take is time picking his next school, even admitting that he does not have a time frame for when he wants to make a decision.
Gray said the schools he is focusing on right now are Missouri, Marquette, Illinois, Texas A&M, Providence, Florida State and LSU. He has not visited any of the schools yet, but has an official scheduled to LSU on December 13.
Eventually, Gray will take a visit to Mizzou, but the dates have not been worked out at this point.
"They're trying to get me up there, but we got to find a weekend. We play every weekend, so it makes it tough," he said.
When it comes time for a decision to be made on where Gray will continue his college career, he will be focusing on style of play and the coaching staff at perspective schools. Currently, Missouri seems to be in good shape in both areas.
"[Frank Haith] is a really good guy. I like what he has going on," said Gray. "I like the style of play, the offense and his character. We're just building a relationship right now."
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