Nathan Hale coach Brandon Roy back in Seattle and ‘in good spirits’

Roy hasn’t given a timetable, but does plan to reach out to media to discuss allegedly being shot last weekend in California.

The Nathan Hale boys basketball team was presented a national award Friday, but the focus of the event was on the absence of coach Brandon Roy.

Roy reportedly was shot in Compton, Calif., last weekend. Nathan Hale players have disputed the reports, saying Roy wasn’t shot.

Raiders assistant coach Jay Von Nickens said he’s spoken to Roy and, declining to confirm or deny the reports, said the former NBA and University of Washington star is in Seattle and doing fine.

Nathan Hale assistant coach Lardel Sims, who is Roy’s cousin, was rumored to be with Roy in Compton, but that had not been confirmed or reported when Nickens spoke Friday.

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“He’s in good spirits,” Nickens said of Roy. “Brandon is a thinker, and he wants to take his time, and he will address the media when he’s ready. … It’s an ongoing investigation, and I can’t speak on the situation, but Mr. Roy and Coach Sims is OK.”

The shooting reportedly occurred Saturday when two men pulled guns and shot at Roy and three other men. Lt. Shaun McCarthy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s street gang unit told The Seattle Times, “all the victims were shot one time in non-vital extremities.”

McCarthy added that he can “say with confidence” that the Roy who was shot “probably is Brandon Roy the ex-NBA player.”

Five members of last season’s team were present at Friday’s assembly (Michael Porter Jr. and his two brothers have returned to Missouri), but none was made available to media for comment.

The Nathan Hale boys basketball team was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy Friday for finishing No. 1 in the Maxpreps.com national boys basketball rankings. The…

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