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Texas Tech's Josh Gray will be transferring to another program. The departure leaves new coach Tubby Smith's roster thin at the point guard position.

Point guard Josh Gray transferring from Texas Tech

Louisiana native led Tech in steals, assists as freshman last season; announces departure on Twitter

Posted: April 17, 2013 - 11:45am
Texas Tech's Josh Gray will be transferring to another program. The departure leaves new coach Tubby Smith's roster thin at the point guard position.   Stephen Spillman /A-J Media
Stephen Spillman /A-J Media
Texas Tech's Josh Gray will be transferring to another program. The departure leaves new coach Tubby Smith's roster thin at the point guard position.
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Josh Gray is transferring from Texas Tech, the point guard announced via Twitter on Wednesday.

"Today I'm announcing that I will be transferring from Texas Tech University," Gray wrote. "I want to thank the University and the city of Lubbock the great experience this past year. My family and I decided this was the best option for me and my career. Thanks again."

Put simply, Gray's departure is a big blow for Tech and first-year coach Tubby Smith. As a freshman, Gray led the Red Raiders in assists (3.3 per game) and steals (2.0) and was third in scoring (9.6).

Gray's 26 points against Oklahoma on Feb. 20 were the most scored by a Tech player this season.

Perhaps most importantly, Gray grew more comfortable in his role as facilitator as the season waged on, and Tech's offense become more efficient as a result.

Tech averaged 55 points per game during the first half of Big 12 Conference play, then increased the clip to 62 per game in the last nine games as Gray's assist-to-turnover ratio steadily rose. He finished the season with more assists (98) than turnovers.

Gray made it clear through his heavy social media presence that he was a big supporter of former interim coach Chris Walker. The two built a close relationship both during the recruiting process and in Walker's season as coach.

Gray met with Smith, hired as Tech's coach two weeks ago, but rumors had persisted since Walker's departure that Gray would be looking for a different opportunity.

The native of Lake Charles, La., didn't announce Wednesday where he plans to transfer, but a source said LSU could be a likely landing spot.

"I will forever bleed red and black," Gray added on Twitter. "What an emotional day for me."

Gray's exit leaves Tech with two players who have played the point guard position at the school: Daylen Robinson and walk-on Luke Adams. Robinson averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 assists in 16.4 minutes per game last season, while Adams saw little action.

Jamal Williams (4.7 points, 1.4 assists) played point guard during his time as a junior-college player in Illinois, but he played off the ball last season.

The regular signing period for incoming recruits began Wednesday, but Tech wasn't expected to sign any players, as none have orally commited to play for the school next season.

Smith said after his introductory press conference he does believe he can bring in some players before the signing period ends May 15, and Gray's departure gives him four scholarships to dole out.

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3.3 assist per game 9.6 pts /

3.3 assist per game 9.6 pts / game is replaceable. I saw the kid miss half his free throws and make terrible decisions when running the point.

The Tech players did not produce under Gillespie or Walker , made horrible decisions on offense, could not get a rebound, couldn't make free throws and were systematically beaten by every Big XII opponent, yet felt as student athletes, they could force their hand and dictate whom should be hired.

Gray, don't let the door hit ya on the way out

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Goodluck

Josh, no offense but you won't bleed red and black when you land somewhere else. I hate it when people say this in the attempt to sound as non-threatening as possible. It was your choice to make and no one is blaming you for that. You bled red and black for 1 season, you'll bleed some other color. Everyone try's to be political with their resignations or transfers; it kind of gets old after a while. Be honest!

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Well

He may have been the best player, but when we look like an intramural basketball team that doesn't say much. That's like saying the star linebacker of the Kansas Jaywhawks is transferring. Good luck to you.

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Saw this coming

I just hate that Tubby didn't get a chance to coach him because , I feel like a lot of the Big 12 coaches who feel that if that kid work on his jump shot , Tech would have one hell of a player. I wish him well and sorry it didn't work out well here for him

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Aydios!!!

I may forever bleed red and black myself, but I will never bleed GRAY. Dont let the door hit you on the way out quitter! If you had real character you would stay and make the red and black proud. But you didnt, so aydios!

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Thanks Josh!

Everybody cut it out with all of this...don't let the door...Thank you Josh. You would have been a top 2 point guard in the Big 12 next year. I don't blame you one bit. You signed up to play for Coach Walker. He is full of positive energy, had the program headed in the right direction, would've gotten the best recruit in the state this year, and the Administration threw it all away to hire a retread 4 years out from retirement. According to all of the UM Gopher websites, this guy can't recruit his way out of a paper bag.

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Get use to the transfers

Not only can Tubby not recruit his way out of a paper bag, but he had an alarming transfer rate at Minnesota. Point guards just don't want to play on Tubby's system. Minnesota fans didn't want to believe the Kentucky fans. Don't be as stupid. Tubby's a good guy but he's done.

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LSU is Red and Black?

"Bleed red and black"? What a phony statement, Josh! You are not fooling us and you are no longer welcome here!

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Tubby's a Known Quantity

Well, Hocutt a/k/a Hance wanted Tubby to lead this program to prominence. Part of his cachet was his "great" coaching recording, including his national title at Kentucky with the prior coach's team. Let's just say that at this point his "reputation" and resume are obviously not convincing one of the best players on the men's basketball team. This is not a good sign. Let's see what Tubby can do about recruiting at this late date. Is his "name recognition" going to reel in some unexpected recruiting coups? I doubt it.

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No problem

Only two players I'd hate to see leave are Tolbert and Crockett and the remainder of the team can be replaced.

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Bye

Gray was a liability on this team. Glad he is gone.

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We will suck for the next 4 years, and we'll be right back ...

to a coaching search again. Smith was a terrible hire. He was brought here to make Krusty look good. We won't get 46-62 or sixth place out of him. His best years are long gone, and he's declining. We could have had much more energy for much less $, and instead we got aging, fired, and expensive. What a *&#@ joke.

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put me in coach ... I'm ready to play !

Coach Smith,

I'm Ready to man the point ! Please call

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Are we stupid

Maybe you don't like that Gray is leaving and you want to lash out at him, but the fact is that he was the ONLY point guard that we had. For a freshman he had an excellent year. He had almost no turnovers bringing the ball up and had adjusted well to the speed of the college game. It leaves a BIG hole.

So this is where the program is now. We have two starter level players on the team--Tolbert and Crockett. Crockett leaves next year, so at best, Tolbert will be playing as a lone senior on another team still trying to rebuild. Since little Knight was fired, this team has gone no where with prospects of nothing changing for quite sometime.

Kirby and Hance get an "F" for trying to rejuvenate the basketball program. My fear is that they have killed it and it will be a long, long time before it ever reaches a competitive status.

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