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“South Carolina transfer big man Josh Gray commits to Mizzou”

Mizzou secured another addition to its frontcourt on Sunday, picking up South Carolina transfer big man Josh Gray, a source confirmed PowerMizzou.com.

The senior has played his entire college career in the SEC, his first season at LSU and his last three with the Gamecocks. For his career, Gray is averaging 3.3 points, shooting 52.2% from the field, along with 3.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 11.9 minutes per game.

At 7-foot, 265, Gray provides the Tigers with much-needed size and experience in the center spot. Although he wasn't always given a prominent role at South Carolina and started 18 times in his career, Gray was often productive on the boards in the limited minutes he did have. According to KenPom, Gray ranked third among all NCAA Division I players in the 2022-23 season, grabbing 18.0% of available offensive rebounds. He also ranked 25th in the country with a 26.3% defensive rebound rate. Those numbers dropped to 10.5% and 22.9%, respectively, last season, but would still have been team highs on the Missouri roster.

Gray also has the potential to be an effective rim protector – as a junior, he hit 5.5% of his opponents' 2-point shots, which ranked 121st nationally. He was even more productive as a shot blocker this year, knocking back 6.1% of shots overall and 7.7% of shots in SEC play, but didn't play enough to qualify for the national rankings.

The Brooklyn, NY native joins a transfer class at MU that includes Iowa guard Tony Perkins, Northern Kentucky guard Marques Warrick, Tennessee Martin forward Jacob Crews and Duke forward Mark Mitchell.

PowerMizzou.com will contact Gray for further information on his decision.

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