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College basketball » Former West Jordan standout enjoys breakout season in Big Ten.

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"Ray has a huge heart and cares about the team, so it’s easy to latch on to a guy like that," Miles said. "Plus, he improved immeasurably as a player. He could shoot, he could guard people, and he had great stamina. We had few options offensively. He had the entire Big 10 switching on him, and there were nights where none of that mattered. He was unstoppable on some nights."

Gallegos dropped 30 against nationally ranked Minnesota. He scored 23 points against Illinois, 22 against Iowa. He scored 20 points each in wins over Wake Forest and USC. But there were cold nights as well, like an 0-for-13 performance against Michigan State.

At a glance

Rayes Gallegos

» Averaged 12.5 points per game and led the Big Ten in minutes played.

» Never averaged more than three points per game before this past season.

» Never averaged more than 13 minutes per game before his junior year.

» Won the 2009 Class 5A state title while at West Jordan.

» Played AAU ball for Utah Pump N’ Run.

» Almost transferred to Weber State after his freshman season.

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With a deep recruiting class coming in, Miles hopes to put more talent around Gallegos for his senior season. He wants Gallegos to be more efficient, and in turn more effective.

"I want to win games," Gallegos said. "Above all, I want to make the NCAA Tournament."


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