* Good rebounder, especially on offensive glass
* Strong and physical
* Can make face-up jump shots
* 7-foot-3 wingspan
* Good athlete
* Post scoring skills need refinement
* More than one suspension during his career, including Xavier fracas
* Free-throw shooting has to improve
Gates has been projected in the second-round or undrafted category. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational and proved there that his strength, as most scouts believe, is rebounding, averaging eight boards in three games. But he also weighed in at 287 pounds — he was the heaviest player there — and he has to prove he can get in better shape.
To his credit, Gates didn’t let the infamous brawl against Xavier hamper his season. He publicly apologized for his role in the fracas, served a six-game suspension, and when it was over, he got back to the business of being an inside presence for the Bearcats, helping lead them to their first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 trip since 2001.
12.21 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.1 tpg, 0.9 bpg, 32.0 mpg, .474 FG, .400, .604 FT
Gates was just the sixth player in Cincinnati history to record at least 1,400 points and 875 rebounds.
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What Insiders Say:
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin
“He's got a great personality. He's a very funny guy, and he's extremely intelligent, but over the years, he's matured. He's still very young. He's one of the youngest seniors in college basketball. But his rebounding has probably been the thing he's improved the most throughout his career. Like all high school guys, he came in thinking he was a great scorer, and he's learned how to play defense and rebound. That's probably been his biggest growth as a player.
“But leadership is what we need from him, and down the stretch he's really matured as a leader, talking on the court, becoming a better teammate, realizing how his attitude affects his teammates, and I think that's the biggest area for him.”
What Outsiders Say:
Texas coach Rick Barnes
“He definitely presents a lot of problems because of his size and the fact he does a really good job of getting his positioning where he wants it. I think when a shot goes up he does a tremendous job of kind of getting you underneath the basket, get in position there he can come up over top of you.”
-- Prospect profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook