Texas Tech has completed its 2012 recruiting class by adding Houston Wheatley point guard Josh Gray, who confirmed the signing in a text message.
Gray is the ninth member of Tech coach Billy Gillispie's first full recruiting class, which is heavy on perimeter talent.
"It feels great," Gray said via text of making his decision, "especially to be a Red Raider. My family and I feel like we made the right decision."
The 6-foot-1 point guard originally signed with Mississippi State, but he was granted a release from his national letter of intent when longtime coach Rick Stansbury retired following the Bulldogs' loss in the NIT last season.
Gray, rated the No. 18 point guard by ESPN, had a standout senior season at Wheatley, averaging about 24 points, six assists and three steals per game while leading his team to the Class 4A playoffs.
He said he was impressed with the Tech campus when he visited two weeks ago.
"The campus and community," Gray said of his favorite part of his visit. "It's very underrated, best campus I visited out of all."
It is clear the Red Raiders will have a far different look next season than the team that finished and 8-23 season with a loss in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament back in March.
Gray joins guards Dusty Hannahs (Pulaski Academy, Ark.), Jamal Williams (Lake Land College, Ill.), Daylen Robinson (Moberly Area Community College, Mo.), Michael Carey (Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated) and Trency Jackson (Northwest Florida State College) and forwards Wannah Bail (Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated), Aaron Ross (St. John's NW Military Academy, Wisc.) and Rodrigo Silva (Laramie County Community College) as members of next year's class.
Tech coach Billy Gillispie has yet to comment on his recruiting class, and the roster remains in flux. The Avalanche-Journal has learned that one member of the incoming class will pay his own way the first year, and at least one other player may not qualify academically.
Other roster spots opened from the graduation of Robert Lewandowski and the transfers of Jaron Nash and Cameron Forte. More transfers are expected as the Red Raiders aim to finalize their roster heading into the summer.