23 Facts About Rudy Gay

1.

At the age of 14, Rudy Gay began playing for the nationally known Cecil-Kirk AAU program under coach Anthony Lewis.

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2.

Rudy Gay played his first two years of high school basketball at Baltimore County's Eastern Technical High School, a magnet school in Essex.

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3.

Rudy Gay began his junior year with Eastern Tech, but in September 2002, he transferred to Archbishop Spalding in Severn.

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4.

Rudy Gay was the Washington Post All-Met Basketball Player of the Year, a McDonald's All-American, and a Parade first-team All-American in his senior year after averaging 21.

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5.

Rudy Gay had expressed a desire to attend Maryland and said that he grew up rooting for the team, but he ultimately chose UConn.

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6.

Rudy Gay was a unanimous Big East All-Rookie Team selection, was named National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News, and earned Big East Rookie of the Week honors five times.

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7.

Rudy Gay was named first-team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was named to the 2006 Washington, DC Regional All-Tournament Team.

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8.

Rudy Gay scored a career-high 28 points on November 21,2005, against Arkansas.

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9.

Rudy Gay was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, who then traded him and Stromile Swift to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shane Battier on July 12.

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10.

Rudy Gay immediately signed his rookie scale contract with the Grizzlies upon being acquired by the team.

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11.

Rudy Gay ended with a score of 85 but did not advance to the second round.

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12.

On December 13,2009, Rudy Gay scored a career-high 41 points against the Miami Heat, tying Mike Miller's franchise record for points in a win.

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13.

Rudy Gay finished the season tied for 18th in the NBA in scoring, 17th in steals and third in minutes.

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14.

On July 8,2010, Rudy Gay re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies to a five-year, $82 million contract.

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15.

Rudy Gay watched from the sidelines as the Grizzlies defeated the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in a first round upset before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference semi-finals.

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16.

Rudy Gay passed Shane Battier as the Grizzlies' all-time leader in steals on February 2,2012, against the Atlanta Hawks.

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17.

Rudy Gay set a franchise record by scoring 74 points in his first three games with the Raptors.

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18.

Rudy Gay had one of his best seasons in the NBA, averaging 21.

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19.

On December 28,2017, Rudy Gay suffered a right heel injury and was ruled out for at least two weeks.

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20.

In 2010, Rudy Gay helped the United States win its first FIBA World Championship gold medal since 1994, averaging 7.

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21.

Rudy Gay was a member of the national team in 2014 that collected the gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup after another undefeated campaign.

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22.

In 2010, Rudy Gay was named an ambassador for the Hoops for St Jude fundraising program for St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and donated $20,000 to the program, which allowed donors to pledge a set amount of dollars for each point scored by Rudy Gay and other participating NBA players.

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23.

Rudy Gay, who wore number 22 with Memphis, personally donated $22,222 to the hospital.

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