Rudy Gay... Solid and smooth

The TOC gave StateFans a chance to see some of the best small forwards in the country. Rudy Gay is considered to be one of the best combo forwards from the class of 2004. We have all the stats, charts and post game interview. Enjoy!

Early Saturday morning I found myself at Reynolds Coliseum watching Rudy Gay (6'8" 210 SF). While it was much too early (8:30 am) to get Reynold's rockin', I did enjoy some outstanding play by Gay all the same.


Rudy is another wing forward prospect that NC State has their eyes on. He is similar in build and game to Playaz's David McClure. He has a nice offensive game and while he doesn't play relentless defense, it was good enough to get the job done against Team Richmond.


The thing about Rudy is he's not a flashy player with tons of speed and I think he knows that. He doesn't try to do things that are out of his capabilities. He is not overly blessed athlete with blazing speed, but he plays a solid all around game and he plays until the whistle blows. He plays hard and steady. He has more calm than flare in his game. On the right team he could be the solid type of player that anchors a team.


On one occasion in the Game against Richmond, he had a mid-court steal and he drove to the basket and missed a short jumper. He stayed after it and got the rebound and slammed it in which woke the early morning crowd in Reynolds. Just solid hard work by the smooth forward.


He also showed some mid-jumper range. He hit three turn-around jumpers from around ten to twelve foot range. In the world of modern basketball, a mid-range jumper is all but extinct. Rudy seems to willing to revive the lost art.


In his post game interview, Rudy reeled off an impressive list of offers. Arizona, Maryland, Villanova, Syracuse, UConn, NC State, UVa, Marquette and Indiana are his leaders. He also talked about NC State's style of play. "I like their system. I like how they play their 3-4. They can run the court and they can shoot outside or post up if they want to. That's what I like in my game. That's what I can do."


Don't look for a decision anytime soon. Rudy is taking his time about his college choice. He says he is in no rush to choose and will wait until his senior year to announce.


Gay averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks for Archbishop Spalding High in Severn, Maryland last season. Archbishop competes in the tough Baltimore Catholic League. The Cavs finished the season with a final record of 26-7 (15-4 in the BCL/MIAA).

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