Patton Likes Bay's Court Smarts

Colorado head coach Ricardo Patton on Sunday spoke about the sixth and final player the Buffs signed during the early signing period, Kal Bay.

Colorado added a sixth player to its 2006 recruiting class last Wednesday when Tempe (Marcos de Niza), Ariz., point guard Kal Bay signed his Letter of Intent to play for the Buffs.

In Bay, the Buffs are getting a playmaking guard with good shooting skills.

"He can really shoot the basketball, he can handle it, can distribute it," Patton said Sunday. "He shot 90 percent from the free-throw line (as a junior). He almost broke the state record last year – he had I think 39 straight free-throws last year and the record is 43."

Bay was drawing interest from several major-college programs, including Oregon, Louisville, Georgetown and USC, though most of his offers were from mid-majors. Some schools wanted him as a second choice, and indicated a scholarship may come available if he were to wait until the late signing period.

Former CU assistant Paul Sather was the first from the CU program to track Bay. When Sather left following last season, it was unclear whether CU would continue pursuing Bay. But Patton made time during a visit to Phoenix in recent months to check out the 6-foot-2 point guard in person and was sold on what he saw.

"I just thought the kid was really good," Patton said.

A four-year starter at Marcos de Niza, Bay is a pass-first guard with strong scoring ability from the perimeter. Colorado signed another guard, Dwight Thorne, 6-3, out of Arlington (Martin), Texas. Thorne plays point guard for Martin, but Patton said on Sunday Thorne could play point at CU and also swing out to the 2 guard position because of his size.

Patton said Bay will get to Boulder already with a solid understanding of the game.

"Sometimes you can end up with a team full of athletes – guys that can just run and jump – and not enough basketball players," Patton said. "He's a basketball player. You need guys like that, guys that know how to play."

Bay joins Thorne, swing players Xavier Silas and Dale Vanwright, forward Jeremy Williams and center Sean Kowal in the class. Another scholarship will go to transfer Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, leaving the Buffs to sign one more player in the late signing period next spring.

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