Spalding star Gay awaits joining All-American team


Rudy Gay of Archbishop Spalding is expected to be named a McDonald's All-American and he also will play in the prestigious Hoop Summit to be held at the NCAA men's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

Gay, a 6-foot-9 forward headed to the University of Connecticut, received the official letter from the Hoop Summit officials last week and is awaiting the likely good news from McDonald's.

"This is the second year of the Hoop Summit at the Final Four," said Spalding coach Mike Glick Friday night after Gay led the No. 3-ranked Cavaliers (18-3) to a 75-71 win at No. 6 St. Frances.

"I believe it's going to be played the Friday before the NCAA semifinals. It's the top 12 United States high school players against the top 12 European 20-and-under players. It should be a great experience and opportunity of a lifetime for Rudy. I think he will represent Baltimore very well."

Gay starred against St. Frances (15-5) as he had 33 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked four shots Friday, nearly matching his 35-point, 12-rebound and 10-block effort in a 79-67 win over St. Frances on Jan. 4.

Glick said the expected confirmation of Gay's selection to the McDonald's All-American team is forthcoming.

"We expect to get the good news on that in a month or so," he said. "He deserves everything he gets and I think his teammates have helped him a lot being unselfish and letting him share a lot of the limelight."

Gay, who was The Sun's male Athlete of the Week, will appear on today's Sun high school sports TV show, Replay, at 11:30 a.m. on WMAR, Channel 2.

Gay and the Cavaliers visit No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons (20-4) at 3:30 today.

Dargan rebounds quickly

When Edgewood girls basketball coach Fred Hammett saw Lemaire Dargan in mid-November, the last thing he expected was the senior to be back on the court anytime soon.

Dargan, a four-year varsity player, was just two weeks removed from being involved in a four-car accident in Bel Air that left the 17-year-old with a sprained ankle, a hairline fracture in her hip, along with back and neck problems.

Dargan was told by her doctor that she may be sidelined until early February, but the 5-foot-6 guard made her return to the Rams lineup on Dec. 12 - in time for her team's second game.

"Just watching her walk [in November] was painful," Hammett recalled. "She was on crutches and walking so awkwardly. It wasn't pretty."

Already disappointed that she missed the end of the volleyball season, Dargan went to physical therapy five days a week and worked to maintain her physical conditioning.

She felt much better by the time December rolled around.

"I gave [the doctor] a pep talk and told him that I can do this," Dargan said. "Therapy helped me a lot and my family really boosted me up. I just wanted to come back and help my team."

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