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March, 23, 2011
By Sean Ceglinsky | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Jennifer Stewart/US PresswireD.J. Gay found that San Diego State turned out to be the perfect fit for his talents.
They said he was too small. His stature, or lack thereof, would eventually hurt him.
Unfortunately, too slow was another phrase that was, often times, tossed around.
But low and behold, D.J. Gay has proved his laundry list of naysayers wrong.
Over the course of the last four-plus years, the Sun Valley Poly High graduate has transformed himself from an underrated prep basketball prospect into a big-time college hoops contributor at San Diego State. For the nonbelievers out there, check out Gay & Co. play Connecticut on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. in the West Regional of the NCAA tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
“D.J. always had a fire burning inside of him, and you know what, that was a product of people telling him that he couldn't do this or that,'' Poly coach Brad Katz said. “It never failed, there was always some kind of knock on him, a lot of times, the stuff came out of left field too.
“Say what you want about him, but there's one thing you can't take away from D.J. and that's his heart. Since he left us, he's put in a ton of work, more than people even know. He has quieted all of his critics in the process and I think that's the best part about his whole situation.''
Gay has indeed come a long way in relatively short period of time.
The 6-foot senior has been the starting point guard for San Diego State in each of the last two years. This season, however, Gay has taken his game to another level.
As a result, the Aztecs (34-2 overall) have emerged as one of more surprising stories in the Division I game. Named captain before things got started, Gay is averaging 11 points to go along with three assists and two rebounds in 35-plus minutes of action a night.