A Conversation with Kal Bay

Colorado secured its sixth commitment in the 2006 class when Tempe, Ariz., guard Kal Bay verballed to CU coach Ricardo Patton Monday night. Inside, a conversation with the point guard from Marcos De Niza High School.

Kal Bay
PG, 6-1, 170 pounds
Tempe (Marcos De Niza), Ariz.

Bay verbally committed to Colorado coach Ricardo Patton Monday night and said he will sign and fax his Letter of Intent to play at CU Wednesday morning, the final day of the early signing period.

Bay becomes the sixth player in CU's class. BSN spoke with him Tuesday afternoon.

BSN: What is it about Colorado that you liked?
Kal Bay:
Actually, I never even visited Colorado. The biggest thing to me was looking at (Coach Patton's) bio. He's a great man. He's a Christian. He follows the Lord, and that's something that's very important to me and my family.

Everybody has an opportunity when they go there to play, and to develop as a man, also. That was important to my parents. He told me I would have the opportunity to play next year, not necessarily start, but play right away, which was a big deal to me. That's something I want to do. And it's a big conference. The Big 12 is big-time. That's something I've always dreamed of doing, playing at a big school against other big schools.

BSN: What other schools did you have offers from?
Kal Bay:
I had offers from UC-Riverside, Cal-State Northridge, Arkansas State, Ball State and a lot of other mid-majors. No other high majors had actually offered me, although many are interested.

BSN: When do you think you'll come out here for a visit?
Kal Bay:
We were talking to Coach Patton this morning, and we were thinking probably the weekend after Thanksgiving.

BSN: Tell me about your game.
Kal Bay:
My favorite players in the NBA are Steve Nash and Jason Williams, so I try to be like them. I'm a pass-first point guard, a true point guard. I see the floor very well. I think I can create my own shot, though, very well if necessary. I can score when my team needs it. My shot is the best part of my game. I work on it every day with my trainer. I take 500-600 shots a day.

I think the only thing that needs to catch up is my athletic ability overall, which is something I work on every day. But I can see the floor, I can shoot the ball. I can create my own shots and for others on the floor. I think my basketball IQ is very high. I know the game, I know situations.

BSN: You play at a good program, too, don't you?
Yeah, my high school won state the year before I came in. I started as a freshman on varsity and have since then.

BSN: How's your team looking this year?
We're actually undersized. Our biggest guy is 6-4. But we get up and down, and we've got a lot of heart. Our guys just want to be out there and work. We have a lot of guys that understand their rules, they understand what they're supposed to do and where they're supposed to be on the floor.

I think we should do well with the group we've got.

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