PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – Josh Gray completed his final year of NCAA eligibility in 2016 at Louisiana State University. He went undrafted in the NBA Draft, and didn’t sign with a team during the offseason.
It all changed for him soon, when he tried out for the NBA Development League’s Northern Arizona Suns, where he made the team.
Gray was one of our local tryouts to make the training camp roster, but by far and away provided the most support to the team throughout the year. Playing consistent minutes to start the season, Gray also made his mark early on playing against the defending D-League champion Sioux Falls Skyforce.
On that Nov. 27 game, Gray got the start for an injured Askia Booker, and was dominant right away. He ended up achieving the Suns’ first triple-double in team history, recording 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, to go along with five steals in 45 minutes of play. He became the first local tryout player to record a triple-double since Delaware’s Victor Rudd had one in 2015.
Gray finished the season averaging 13.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 25.5 minutes per game. He was one of three players (Derek Cooke Jr. and Elijah Millsap) to play in all 50 NAZ Suns games this past season.
For his great year, Gray got invited and was one of 38 players to participate in the D-League Elite Mini Camp in Chicago on Monday. The two-day scouting event at the Quest Multisport gym is a chance to show off skills in front of NBA personnel with the Summer League and NBA training camps approaching.
From all of the progress Gray has made in just this past year, it will intriguing to see what comes about this offseason.