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Basketball’s Leading Scorer Establishes Scholarship at Bloomfield College

Gage Daye

By Alicia Cook

Star athlete and Bloomfield College alumnus, Gage Daye, has established a scholarship at his alma mater designed for students hailing from Newark, New Jersey.

A Newark native himself, Daye ’12 is committed to assisting students in need from New Jersey’s largest city. At 27 years old, Daye has established himself and has pledged to make a difference via his personal philanthropy.

Daye, who was raised by a single mother, has stated “it wasn’t easy growing up.” He fully supports Bloomfield College’s access mission, crediting the institution for helping him reach his full potential as a student-athlete.

Daye played basketball at Bloomfield College. One of the premier players in the College’s program history, Daye became the school's all-time leading scorer during his senior season, amassing 2,518 career points. A first team All-America selection by Daktronics, Basketball Times Magazine, and the Division II Bulletin as a senior, the two-time CACC Player of the Year led Bloomfield to its first CACC Tournament championship since 2006 during his senior campaign in 2010-2011, and to the first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in program history. His incredible play in the postseason saw the 6’2” sharpshooter earn CACC Tournament and East Regional Tournament MVP honors. During his career, Daye also earned Daktronics East Region Player of the Year honors and was twice named an All-Met Player of the year.

Though the basketball guard did not make the NBA, he signed with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. In the 2011-2012 NBA Development League season, he averaged 9.3 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Following being waived by the Mad Ants on December 20, 2011, the Sheffield Sharks, of the British Basketball League (BBL), confirmed they had signed Daye ahead of the 2012/2013 season on August 23, 2012. There he averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Daye would soon return to Bloomfield College in the role of assistant coach for the team.

On January 17, 2014, Daye signed a contract to play for the Wagga Heat Basketball Association of Australia's Waratah State League, marking Daye's third campaign in the professional ranks.

Daye spent the last three seasons playing in Australia, winning two league MVP awards. During his off-seasons, Daye returns to campus to serve as assistant coach.

"Gage is without question one of the best players we have had during my time here, and he continues to be one of our hardest workers long after his playing days at Bloomfield College concluded," said Gerald Holmes, Bloomfield College Men’s Basketball head coach, of the news. "The example he continues to set for the players in our program, especially as an assistant coach, speaks volumes about the type of person he has become. I have no doubt he will continue to be successful whenever he gets the opportunity to play at the professional level."

The scholarship Daye has established at Bloomfield College reinforces his legacy at the College.

"Bloomfield College is truly a special place, which is why I felt it was so important for me to start giving back with more than just my involvement in the basketball program,” said Daye. “Bloomfield College has helped me to reach my potential, and continue to strive for more."

Recently, Daye established Academic Athletic Advancement (A3), a nonprofit organization designed to garner resources, finances, and opportunities for students and athletes state/nationwide. 

Daye earned a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. His life goal is to become head coach for a Division I basketball team.