PSA’s Gray Picks LSU

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

PSA’s Gray Picks LSU

Putnam Science Academy post-graduate big man Josh Gray announced on Friday that he has accepted a scholarship offer from LSU. 

Williams, a 7-foot post player out of Brooklyn, N.Y., played with the PSA Cardinals in the EYBL. 

“Will Wade is the head coach who recruited me the most, as opposed to other schools with more of the assistants. So when it’s the head coach, I know I’ve already got a solid relationship with him and that meant something to me, " Gray said, also noting the program's history of developing big men. “They put together a presentation that was really good. Some of the other schools that offered me along the way, their bigs never developed to the point where they were able to continue on. I want to continue to hone my skills for the next level and I think LSU is the best place for me to do that.”

After starting the season slowly as he adjusted to being a reserve for the first time, Gray rededicated himself to the work over the winter break and came back a different player. He had nine games with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds, including performances of 16 points and 20 rebounds, 17 points and 14 rebounds, and 18 points and 15 rebounds. 

He also had a game of 12 points, 15 rebounds, and seven blocks in a conference tournament victory. He finished the season averaging 9.8 points and a team-leading 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the Mustangs, who went 36-4 and won a share of their second national championship in the last three years.

“Josh was just a dominant player for us,” PSA coach Tom Espinosa said. “He worked really hard to get that point for us, and when he did…he was just unstoppable. He’s such a physical presence and he’s going to keep getting stronger. He had games for us that were just unbelievable. He was as good a big man as we’ve had here.”

Gray becomes the 9th member of PSA's 2020 class to accept a full D1 offer.