Issiah Grayson is Cal State Bakersfield's leader in scoring (12.7 points per game) and assists (3.8).

Head coach Rod Barnes recruited Grayson during his time at Georgia State, but the point guard chose Virginia Commonwealth.

Grayson spent one season at VCU and one at Idaho Community College before uniting with Barnes.

"Before I got the job here, I called his coach and said if I get the job, I want him to go with me," Barnes said.

When Grayson spent his senior season at Findlay, he was a top-100 recruit.

"He was a kid we recruited who we really liked, who I really felt close to," Barnes said. There was disappointment when Grayson chose VCU.

"When we played them at the end of that season, he gave me an earful," Grayson said.

"It was facetious," Barnes said. "He was still coming around (the following summer) and played with our guys. I didn't realize he took it serious until he got here."