Gay tops Baltimore Catholic League All-Star Game

Posted by Michael Glick on Oct 08 2003 at 05:00PM PDT
October 9, 2003 MDVarsity Drops in On Pre-Season All-Star Game by James Quinn Magazine Staff Spalding's Rudy Gay is One of the Most Terrific Kids You'll Meet On or Off the Court He is the state's top player and Terp fans are salivating at the thought of seeing him do his thing on a regular basis at Comcast Center. MDVarsity.Com scouted the Third Annual preseason BCL All-Star Basketball game in Severn, MD, on Sunday afternoon (at Spalding). Jim Quinn is our eyes and ears on the scene. Jim is the highest rated high school basketball reporter on the board. He has a keen eye for talent, a wicked sense of humor and a lethal pen. His cross-over move of crossing his "t" has yet to be stopped. The all star game format provides for an underclassmen preliminary game with the main event featuring the best BCL seniors. Each BCL school gets to place three or four players in each of the games. A large crowd was on hand, in part, to see 6'8" 215 pound senior superstar forward Rudy Gay of the host Spalding Cavaliers. The brilliant quickside forward, who is the object of an intense recruiting battle between Maryland and Connecticut, did not disappoint the fans. Rudy had 13 points (on 6 of 12 field goal shooting, 1 of 3 behind the three point arc), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. He threw down three on the blocks, the most spectacular a two-handed reverse dunk off of an “alley-oop” pass from Cardinal Gibbons guard Ken Hasbrook. Gay led the “Black Team” to a 68-60 win over the “White Team”. Several of Rudy’s baskets came on assists from point guard Jesse Brooks, his teammate both at Spalding and with the AAU Cecil Kirk team. Here are brief updates on some other seniors who played in the main game: • Jason Loughry, a 6'11" 225 pound center from Spalding who has played AAU ball in the past with both Baltimore Select and Cecil Kirk, was the starting center for the “White Team”. Loughry did not score, but had a game high 5 blocked shots. Loughry recently verbally committed to St. Mary’s and Coach Milan Brown. Loughry will join former Spalding Cavaliers Landy Thompson and Gus Durr at The Mount. Loughry hopes to get major minutes at Spalding this year after backing current Terp freshman Will Bowers for two seasons. • Will Thomas, a 6'7" 220 pound forward from defending BCL champion Mt. St. Joe’s. Will recently committed to George Mason where he will be part of a tremendous recruiting class that will include Springbrook guard Folarin Campbell and Laurel guard John Vaughn. We almost didn’t recognize Thomas with his new haircut (having cut his rather significant ‘fro since last season). Thomas had (unofficially) only 4 points, but he did a pretty good defensive job for the “White Team” as he had to check Rudy Gay most of the game. • Ken Hasbrook, a 6'2" guard from Cardinal Gibbons who handles and passes the ball well enough to probably project as a “combo guard” - depending on the level of Division One college that he selects. Hasbrook is strong, athletic, and excels in the up-tempo game. We spoke to him briefly after the game and he indicated that he is hearing from Wagner University and some other D-I colleges. • Gordon Brown, a 6'3" small forward from St. Frances who will likely project as a wing guard in college. Though he sports a headband and long ‘dreds, Brown’s game is strictly old school and hard nosed. He did convert one three point attempt and flushed one breakaway dunk, but he mostly garnered attention for his intense, aggressive defense, his willingness to battle bigger foes on the boards, and for taking the ball to the rim with authority. One of the Spalding assistant coaches told us that he thinks that Brown is one of the most unheralded, and toughest, players in the BCL. We had Brown for (unofficially) 11 points and 5 rebounds. Brown told us after the game that he expects to switch to wing guard in college. Brown said he is hearing from James Madison, Hampton Institute, and some D-II colleges and junior colleges. Regardless of the level of college that he attends, he is a very good and very effective high school player. THE UNDERCLASS GAME: In the preliminary game, the BCL Underclass “Team One/Blue” beat the BCL Underclass “Team Two/White”, 77-61. The leading scorers were as follows: “Team One/Blue”: Pat O’Connell (Loyola), 17 points; Darron Edwards (St. Frances), 14 points; Joey Speirenburg (St. Maria Goretti). 11 points; Marlin Johnson (MSJ), 10 points; Courtney Johnson (MSJ), 9 points; and Justin Castleberry (Spalding), 7 points. “Team Two/White”: Ken Perry (Towson Catholic), 12 points; George Neville (Loyola), 8 points; RaShawn Alexander (St. Frances), 8 points.


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