Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player.

Here is the latest commitment.

Player: Raphael Gay
Class: 2022
Committed to: Clarendon College

What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:

“Continuing onto a player who was easily among the top performers on display at camp, Raphael Gay. He’s a strong, explosive, physically imposing forward prospect with an excellent frame and the ability to utilize his body to overwhelm opponents in a variety of different ways. He plays hard at all times, defends his position well, and consistently sets the tone as a rebounder. Gay is nearly unstoppable from getting downhill and finishing in transition. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Dre on Gay: “Raphael is a highlight provider. He is bouncy for real, and will take anyone up to the rim with him. He punishes the rim with force and has a balance of grace. In transition, he runs the floor hard and finishes anything thrown his way. He has great hands and nice footwork in the post. His physical presence is quite noticeable, as he has the frame of a grown man. He plays with great intensity and was a pleasure to coach. This young man has tremendous upside.” Gay was a definite standout during camp, securing the Mr. Hustle award with relative ease, and should be a priority for various types of programs over the coming months.” – NC Top 80

“He’s a big, strong, mobile, physically imposing forward prospect who doesn’t need the ball in order to make a lasting impact. Gay is excellent on the glass and can push the break if needed, but typically runs the floor and capitalizes on transition opportunities as a finisher. His blend of toughness and explosiveness makes him an absolute nightmare for opponents to meet at the basket. He’s very active on both ends of the floor and consistently outworks others for extra opportunities.”

“Regardless of where he’s from or his amount of time inside the country, Gay is a no-brainer for majority of the schools within the region. He’s big, strong, mobile, and incredibly explosive. Gay is a tremendous rebounder and finisher with a sculpted frame and the ability to outwork/overpower all types of opponents. He’s definitely on a short list of the top offensive rebounders and putback finishers in the state. Gay also blocks shots at a nice rate. Though he commonly dominates around the basket, Gay is not bound to the paint. He’s shown the fluidity and necessary skill to attack within a few dribbles or knock down perimeter jumpers at a respectable clip. Gay runs the floor extremely well, plays with a nonstop motor, willingly does the dirty work, and consistently thrives as a complementary, low-maintenance player.”

“You have heard it multiple times and he continues to show it, as Gay is one of the most explosive athletes on the floor.  A several occasions, gay was seen flying through the air, finishing high at the rim and with tremendous authority/power.  He looks to rip the rim off every time and uses that athleticism as well on the boards.”