When it was all done, the Connecticut Huskies won a big time recruiting battle for Gay, ranked No. 10 by TheInsiders.com.
""Growing up I always wanted to go to Maryland but I thought UConn was the best place for me as far as playing basketball," Gay said. "I liked their style better than Maryland. They get up and down and run NBA sets, that's what I want to do one day."
At the rate Gay seems to improve, the dream of running NBA sets one day should come to fruition down the road. But for now, he's a Husky.
To land a player out of the backyard of the Maryland Terrapins takes a special effort. UConn head coach Jim Calhoun and assistant Tom Moore was relentless.
"They were always there. Sometimes they didn't give me any room to breathe," Gay joked. "But that paid off a lot."
The decision, one of the most anticipated of the year, wasn't easy. It never is when you are weighing the option of leaving your home for another area.
""Everyday the same thing is on your mind. You think about what your future is going to hold."
Now, that future will continue to take shape under the watchful eyes of Calhoun in Storrs, Conn.
UConn's class also includes No. 21 A.J. Price, a coveted point guard out of Amityville, N.Y.