TAMPA – Berkeley Prep guard Justin Gray didn’t know what to expect when he boarded his flight to Texas Tech a few weeks ago.
He had never visited the Lone Star State, and the three-star recruit had visions of Lubbock as an old country, Western town.
“Once I landed there, it was the total opposite,” Gray said.
Gray committed soon after, and he made his pledge official Wednesday by signing with the Red Raiders during a ceremony at his high school.
Gray - one of the state’s top 20 prospects, according to 247Sports, averaged 15 points, 3.1 assists and 7.9 rebounds last season for the Class 4A region finalists. The 6-foot-4, all-county guard said his athleticism and physical style will help him run the break and create openings for his teammates under legendary coach Tubby Smith.
“It’s gonna be a heck of an experience,” Gray said of playing for Smith, who coached Kentucky to the 1998 national title. “I think he’s gonna turn me into the best player I can be possibly and ultimately get me to the next level, where I want to go, and teach me how to be a young man.”
Gray plans to study exercise science at Texas Tech.