When the LSU basketball team departs campus Tuesday afternoon for its much-anticipated exhibition tour of Australia, senior point guard Josh Gray won’t be traveling with the Tigers.
LSU coach Johnny Jones announced Monday afternoon that Gray, a Lake Charles native, won’t be making the trip because he played in a basketball game that wasn’t sanctioned beforehand by LSU Compliance.
“Over the last 48 hours, we had a little bit of a setback with Josh Gray playing in some type of game that wasn’t sanctioned prior to checking with our compliance people,” Jones said. “Until compliance goes through whatever issues that they have to and filter things out, I won’t have any further comment on it.”
When asked if the situation could affect Gray’s status with the basketball team for the upcoming season, Jones said he didn’t yet have an answer on that.
“Again, we won’t know any of that until we visit with compliance,” he said, “and they’re in the middle of dealing with that now. Until compliance finishes its findings, he will not be a part of our team.”
In his first season at LSU last year, Gray, a transfer from Odessa (Texas) Junior College, played in 31 games last season with 20 starts. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.
With Gray out of the picture for the five-game exhibition tour against Australian pro teams, which begins with a game on Saturday against the Newcastle All-Stars, Jones said sophomore Jalyn Patterson will slide into the backup point guard spot behind starter Tim Quarterman.
Patterson played some point guard last season, but was primarily a backup to shooting guard Keith Hornsby.
“We moved Jalyn over to the point guard spot, which he’s done a great job of picking things up quickly,” Jones said. “We’ve had a couple of really good days of practice there.”