"Jay was an outstanding high school player who scored 946 career points...known as an outstanding athlete and jumper... he averaged 23 ppg as a junior and 14.3 as a senior. He received a scholarship to play at Division ll Mount St. Mary's. His four year team record was 88-28. His team reached the NCAA Final Four in his Junior year. The entire Team was also elected to the Mount's Sports Hall of Fame (2008)."
In the 1982 NBA Draft, Jay was selected as a 6th round draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks. While Jay did not make the final cuts, the fact that he is only (6 ft 4) and made it into the NBA drafts showed his drive to achieve results and his determination to meet his goals which are traits he still exhibits today in his dedication as a teacher.