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Thu. October 3, 2013 | Matt Baker | Email

Berkeley G Justin Gray picks Texas Tech and Tubby Smith

One of Tampa Bay’s top basketball talents has made his college decision.

Berkeley Prep senior guard Justin Gray has orally committed to Texas Tech. Gray announced his decision Thursday morning via Twitter: “I am blessed to say that I have committed to Texas Tech University! God is great! #Gunsup #Big12 #TubbyTime

The 6-foot-4 guard chose the Tubby Smith-coached Red Raiders over Harvard and Stanford, among others. USF, FGCU and UCF also recruited him.

He’s ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports, which considers him the state’s No. 19 overall prospect.

"He's got long arms," Buccaneers coach Bobby Reinhart said. "You really notice a difference between him and others when the ball is in the air." 

Gray filled the box score last year, averaging 15 points, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals, 2.1 blocks and 7.9 rebounds. He led his Buccaneers to a 22-8 record and the Class 4A region final while earning first-team all-county honors. Reinhart said he's put Gray at every position from point guard to center and that he'll likely be able to play point guard, shooting guard or small forward in college.

Gray is the third Hillsborough County basketball player to commit to a Division I college this week, after Brandon’s Roderick Davis (Wright State) and Bloomingdale’s George Brammeier (Lipscomb).

Oral commitments are non-binding until recruits sign letters of intent during their senior years. Gray made his decision after recent visits to Harvard and Texas Tech. 

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