Rudy Gay is one of the successful names in basketball, especially in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 1.80 m tall athlete is best known as a player of the San Antonio Spurs, who has mastered the power and small striker positions.
The young player’s interest in basketball began at the tender age of 12 when he became active in competitive basketball for recreational athletes in Baltimore Maryland, his hometown. Under the supervision of coach Anthony Lewis, the aspiring professional basketball player joined Cecil-Kirk’s AAU program at the age of 14. Before making it into the NBA, he played basketball in high school and college, where he received several recognitions and awards, before being called to the NBA by the Houston Rockets in 2006.
Biography of the NBA Player
The African-American basketball player was born on August 17, 1986, in Brooklyn New York City. He is an American citizen born to father Rudy Gay Sr. and mother Rea Gay, although he prefers the name Rudy Gay, his full birth name is Rudy Carlton Gay Jr. The baller comes from a family of seven with three sisters – Yozimin, Brett, and Candice Gay – and also has a brother named Eric Gay.
The basketball player’s high school education goes back to the Eastern Technical High School, located in Essex, Maryland. However, he did not complete his education there but had to move to Severn, Maryland, where he joined Archbishop Spalding and stayed until graduation. During his years in high school, he recorded impressive statistics and subsequently received several honors and awards for his hard work and dedication. Rudy’s honors at this early stage include Parade of the first All-American team, Washington Post All-American, and McDonald’s All-American.
When we talk about his college education, Rudy Gay had two controversial choices – either to attend the University of Maryland or to choose the University of Connecticut. Rudy Gay, for his part, expressed his preference for Maryland over Connecticut because he cheered for the Maryland basketball team as a child. Despite his confessions, he eventually chose the University of Connecticut because of the strong involvement of an AAU coach and a high school coach. Although it seemed inappropriate, they did not detect any violations of NCCA recruitment, so they just had to let it go.
Rudy Gay made it through the 2008 NBA Draft where he was drafted by the Houston Rockets to eighth place overall, with his rights sold to the Memphis Grizzlys a few days later. Since his NBA Draft, he has played in four major NBA teams and has impressive career statistics to show.
Beyond basketball, the professional player has a humanitarian side to his character, he has been heavily involved in charity work and fundraising, which has earned him some recognition from institutions such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which appointed him Ambassador of Tires for his $20,000 donation to the program. Potential donors responded to his generous donations by donating a sum of money for every point Rudy and other NBA players who participated in the program. In recognition of his humanitarian service to the community of Memphis, particularly his continued support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Rudy Gay received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of March in April 2010. His support also resulted in a further donation of $5,000 from the National Basketball Association to the hospital.
Rudy Gay’s Family, Wife
The little striker of the San Antonio Spurs is not only in a marital relationship, he is also a father. Rudy and his long-time girlfriend Ecko Wray began their married life in a wedding ceremony that took place on August 3, 2013, in Aspen, Colorado, USA. The couple has lived happily together ever since, and rumors of separation or divorce seem to be moving further and further away from them. Their union was also blessed with the birth of a child, a beautiful daughter named Mace Gay.
The veteran basketball player who mans the power forward and small forward positions can’t go missing in a crowd of six-footers with his imposing height of 6 feet 7 inches which is approximately 2.00 m. His last listed weight is 230lb which is equivalent to 104kg. However, information regarding his other body measurements are not readily accessible, Being an African-American, his hair color is black, but the color of his eyes is not yet known.