Rudy Carlton Gay, Jr. (born August 17 1986 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a current college basketball player for the UConn Huskies. Gay is 6 feet, 9 inches and 220 pounds, and played as a sophomore in the 2005-06 season.

He was one of the top recruits entering college play after attending Archbishop Spalding High School. Gay was a McDonald's All-American, and a Parade First Team All-American in his senior year.[1]

He is often regarded as the most talented player in college basketball. Gay is known for his high-flying dunks and ability to do everything on the court. He was a co-winner (with Jeff Green of Georgetown University) of the 2005 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year award. Rudy was also named the National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News.

As a sophomore, Gay was one out of four division one college players nominated for the Naismith Player of the Year Award (along with J.J. Redick, Adam Morrison, and Allan Ray). He tallied his career high in points with 28 vs Arkansas in the second game of the 2005-2006 season. Gay led the UConn Huskies to a 30-3 record before losing to #11 seed George Mason in OT, 86-84. Gay, widely regarded as one of the top future NBA prospects, announced on April 17 that he would enter the 2006 NBA Draft.[2]

He is expected to be an early lottery pick. However, critics often point out that Gay lacked consistency during his two year tenure in Storrs. Nonethless, he is thought to be lock to be a top 10 draft pick.


2003-2004 (High School Senior)
21.2 Points Per Game
9.2 Rebounds Per Game
3.7 Blocks Per Game

2004-2005 (UCONN Freshman)
11.8 Points Per Game
5.4 Rebounds Per Game
1.9 Blocks Per Game

2005-2006 (UCONN Sophomore)
21.2 Points Per Game
2.4 Rebounds Per Game
2.51 Assists Per Game
0.9 Blocks Per Game


  1. "Meet Parade's All-America High School Boys Basketball Team", Michael O'Shea, Parade, April 4, 2004.
  2. "Gay to leave UConn for NBA draft",, April 17, 2006.

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