Bristol Flyers have confirmed the signing of Justin Gray out of Texas Tech University on a one-year deal.
The 6’5″ American forward has put pen to paper on his first professional contract and becomes the third player to commit to the club for the 2018-19 season.
Gray, 22, averaged 7.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 24 minutes per game during his four-year spell with the Red Raiders, shooting 50% from the field and 80% from the free throw line.
He averaged 6.5 points per game in his freshmen year, before upping his scoring average to 8.7 points per game as a sophomore – becoming a key role that led the Red Raiders to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 for the first time since 2007.
As a junior, Gray had an impressive stat line of 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists, whilst making 27 starts and playing in all 32 games.
Last season, Gray averaged 5.1 points per game whilst helping Texas Tech to the ‘Elite 8’ of the NCAA Tournament and a second place finish in the Big12 Conference.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to get things going,” Gray told bristolflyers.co.uk.
“Coach Kapoulas called me and I loved everything he had to say about the team. He said that the Flyers really take care of their players and that’s a big thing for me.
“I definitely felt like we were on the same page – Coach really emphasised the determination to win a Championship with the Flyers and I want to be a part of that history.
“The fact that they had their best year in the league last season proves to me that they’re taking the right steps in order to become one of the top teams in the league.
“I definitely want to be a part of that this upcoming year.”
Speaking on his latest addition, head coach Andreas Kapoulas added: “The first thing that stood out about Justin was his all-around game.
“He is a long, athletic forward who has played four years in one of the most physical conferences in US college basketball.
“He’s a two-way player that will do whatever the team needs him to do to be successful.
“His offensive game has great variety, whilst his size, athletic ability and desire make him a versatile lock down defender.
“Justin brings a tremendous competitive drive and just from speaking to him during the recruitment process, it is very clear that he is hungry and ready for the challenges ahead.”
Meanwhile, Bristol Flyers also confirmed that Brandon Boggs, Rohndell Goodwin and Adam Weary would not return next season.