Allisha Gray's college basketball journey didn't start Columbia.
Gray spent her first two seasons as a North Carolina Tarheel, before realizing she needed a change of scenery.
"Start over and be clear minded," Gray said. "Not have to worry about anything."
Gray transferred to Carolina in 2015. The Georgia native decided playing under coach Dawn Staley provided the best opportunity for her future.
"Coach Staley played a big part," Gray said. "One of those coaches that have a relationship with the players. Down to earth."
Carolina provided Gray that home like atmosphere she desired. A good setting to watch and learn in, considering she sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules.
This season, Gray's made a big impact on the floor. In fact, coach Staley nicknamed her the silent assassin, because of her quiet off court demeanor and ability to light up the scoreboard on the floor.
"Pretty cool nickname… I like that hidden gem," Gray said. "People tend to forget about me then BAM!"
Since arriving at Carolina, coach Staley's helped Gray become more than just an elite scorer.
"I'm the type of player goes to A to B. She taught me how to read the plays," Gray said. "Taught me on not how a robotic mindset. Staley taught me how to think the game."
Also, showed Gray how to come out of her shell. The typically reserved junior guard hosts lunch with Lish, which is showcased on the Gamecocks twitter page.
As excited as Gray is to talk about food, she would be even more thrilled to help the Gamecocks reach the Elite 8 in Stockton, CA.