CMU Leads for Sharpshooting Guard

The Central Michigan University mens basketball team is looking for a few good players to join the program in 2005. The Chippewas have offered a scholarship to one such player who is a scoring machine.

In a scene reminiscent of the movie "Hoosiers," Zane Gay and his Olivet (Mich.) High School teammates beat a very talented Flint Beecher team and its superstar player, Marquise Gray, last season for a Class C regional title.

In that game the 6-foot-9 Gray, who has signed with Michigan State, scored 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. But it was Gay who stole the show, scoring 30 points, including five clutch 3-pointers, to lead the Eagles to victory, 73-61.

"I want to win and be part of a winner," said Gay, a consensus two-time Class C all-stater.

Last season the 6-4 Gay averaged more than 26 points and 10 rebounds per game in leading Olivet to a 23-3 record and the Southern Michigan Athletic Association title.

The Eagles lost in the Class C quarterfinals to Kent City last year, but along the way, Gay impressed many college coaches, including Central Michigan's Jay Smith.

Gay made an unofficial visit to CMU in March and was offered a scholarship by the Chippewas.

"I really like the CMU campus and the coaches," Gay said. "CMU is definitely at the top of my list."

Gay said he currently has two offers. In addition to CMU, he's been offered a scholarship by Eastern Michigan. Gay said he is also considering Western Michigan, Kent State and Oakland.

"I want to make a commitment before the season begins," Gay said. "I don't expect to play right away but I'd like to be able to contribute soon."

Gay said he's being recruited to play shooting guard and wing forward for the Chippewas. A prolific scorer with great range on his jump shot, Gay said he also enjoys playing defense.

He's playing this summer with the Michigan Mustangs AAU team. Gay said he plans to compete later this summer in the Las Vegas AAU tournament.

His real goal though, is to lead Olivet to Michigan State's Breslin Center for a state championship.

"Yes, I definitely want to make it to Breslin (this season)," Gay said. "We felt we should've made it there this year but lost in the quarterfinals."

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