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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