July 11, 2006 I have been reading here and there about an eye injury to Allan Ray while he was at Villanova. I found an article from ESPN discussing it and also a video on YouTube. It was definitely a very gruesome injury and the kid has a lot of grit to come back and play in the tournament. I can't help but think that along with that smooth shot Danny likes the kid's heart and toughness. I also like that Foye called Ray the team's vocal leader out there. The more I read and hear about him, I can see why Danny wanted to sign him.
Ray, one of the No. 2-rated Wildcats' integral parts, took an inadvertent finger to his eye from Pitt's Carl Krauser 32 seconds into the second half as Krauser, Ray and Pitt's Ronald Ramon went for a loose ball.
According to those who were physically close to Ray, he immediately grabbed his eye and said he couldn't see.
"I just seen him hit the floor, cover his eye and holding it," said Krauser, who added that he has known the fellow Bronx native for years. "I thought I hit him in his head because my finger is kind of swollen."
Krauser then showed a few members of the media in the Pitt locker room a swollen left index finger.
Everyone involved in the Big East tournament took a serious tone about the injury. One member of the Villanova extended family was even seen crying with the initial reports that it was a "severe" eye injury.
Wow, the injury sounded pretty gruesome. I better watch the clip after I had some time to digest my lunch.
Ray would be a good player off the bench. He's got a nice shooting stroke and his athleticism is pretty good. Not super quick and not a PG, but a good perimeter scoring option to use off the bench. Ainge likes good shooters and now we have 3 pretty good ones (Wally, Delonte, Ray).