Maryland hoping to hear from Spalding forward Gay

All-Metro player's choices down to UConn, Terrapins

October 09, 2003|By Gary Lambrecht

The University of Maryland men's basketball program is hoping to receive an oral commitment soon from Archbishop Spalding senior forward Rudy Gay, according to sources familiar with the school's recruiting situation.

Sources said Gay, who is expected to visit Maryland next week, has narrowed his college choices to Connecticut and the Terps, who are aiming to sign Gay to a letter of intent during next month's one-week signing period.

Gay, 6 feet 8, 215 pounds, would get the final scholarship currently available for next year's incoming Maryland class. The Terps received an oral commitment last spring from 6-8 forward James Gist of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton.

Gay, who transferred from Eastern Tech after his sophomore year, averaged 13.9 points and 7.1 rebounds and blocked 85 shots - all team highs - while leading Spalding to a 26-7 record as a junior.

He was named to The Sun's All-Anne Arundel County team and was a first-team All-Metro selection.

Gay, rated among the top forward prospects in the nation, lifted his stock significantly last summer with performances in the Super Nike Camp and with the Cecil Kirk AAU team from Baltimore. Gay also recently played in the Charlie Weber Invitational.

Under NCAA guidelines, Maryland coach Gary Williams is not allowed to comment on unsigned recruits.

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