Wildcats target another combo-forward

With Ndudi Ebi on his way to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and Marvin Williams headed to North Carolina, the Wildcat coaches are intesifying their search for an athletic combo-forward. Enter Rudy Gay, a 6-8 combo-forward from Severn (Archbishop Spaulding), Md. Gay is not at all close to choosing a school, but Arizona seems to be among his favorites.

Gay lists Maryland, Villanova, Syracuse, Arizona, St. John's, Virginia and Indiana and says he really doesn't have a favorite. In fact, he's not sure when he'll narrow his list to a workable number.

"Time's running out," Gay said. "Everybody is high on my list so Arizona is right up there. I'm trying to get down to a workable number (of schools). But I'm not sure when I can do that."

Gay says he'll choose a school where he feels comfortable and play for a coach that gives him an opportunity to succeed in the NBA. But he also wants to feel comfortable with his teammates.

"A lot of (the UA) players graduate," Gay said. "And a lot of them go to the League. I don't want to be anywhere where I don't fit in and I want to go somewhere I can play for four years."

Gay is quick and can handle the ball like a wing, but he's much more at ease closer to the basket. He has a nice baseline game, can hit the short jumper and is aggressive on the boards. He can play either forward position, but his game is far from complete and he's smart enough to know he needs to keep working.

"I see myself as a three/four," Gay said. "But I want to work on my all-around game. A player is not working if he doesn't want to get better, so I just want to work on my whole game."

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