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Former Red Raider returns to South Plains for Thursday game against SPC

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Josh Gray playing for Odessa College on Thursday (right) Josh Gray playing for Odessa College on Thursday (right)
LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) -

Former Red Raider basketball stand out Josh Gray, who transferred at the end of last season to Odessa College, returned with the team to Levelland to take on South Plains College on Thursday night.

Gray decided to leave Texas Tech after learning Interim Head Coach Chris Walker would not remain Head Coach of the Red Raiders this season.

But even though Gray didn't leave Tech on the best terms, he explained that there are no hard feelings between him and his former Red Raider teammates.

"I wish nothing but the best for them. It's nothing but love," Gray said. "I still talk to my former teammates. As a matter of fact, they are here tonight to watch me, but I wish nothing but the best. They've won some big games, they've come up short in some but I just wish nothing but the best for them."

Gray has been a monster on the court for Odessa College this year, averaging over 30 points per game and leading the Ranglers to a 22-6 record on the season before Thursday night's game with South Plains College. Even with all the success on the court, Gray says the transition from Division I to Junior College has been interesting.

"It's been kind of crazy, with some stuff that I would never have imagined," Gray said. "The style of basketball, the referees, the environment, the gyms. It's just nothing I'm used to and it's just been a fun experience. I can't complain about it."

The Ranglers ended up falling short Thursday versus South Plains College 94-78 at the Texas Dome, ending their season with the loss.

The end of the season doesn't mean the end of basketball for Gray though. He has signed a letter of intent to continue his career at Louisiana State University next season.

Gray is from Lake Charles, LA and will be closer to home while playing in Baton Rouge.

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