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Houston basketball star Rob Gray suspended by NCAA for playing in church rec league game

Rob Gray won’t be suiting up for Houston when the Cougars begin their season on Friday.

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As Houston men’s basketball opens up its season on Friday, the Cougars will be without star senior scorer Rob Gray. Gray has been suspended by the NCAA for one-game for an incredibly strange reason: He played in a church rec league game this summer.

That’s against NCAA rules.

So if you’re keeping track of NCAA rulings at home: You shouldn’t go to class if you want to transfer, you can take paper classes without punishment and you can’t play in a church league. All right.

Gray is arguably the top player in the American Athletic Conference. He led Houston with 20.6 points per game last season on 47 percent shooting from the field and 38.2 percent shooting from three-point range.

Gray was ranked at No. 39 in our countdown of the top 100 players in college basketball.

Houston opens up the season on Friday night against McNeese. The 6'1 guard is expected to be back in the lineup when the Cougars play Drexel next Friday, Nov. 17.