Basketball Tigers Add Another Guard

Coach Cliff Ellis will have an additional guard to work with for the 2002-2003 men's basketball season.

Auburn, Ala.--The men's basketball team has picked up an additional guard for the 2002-2003 season.

Troy Gaines, a 5-11, 180-pounder from Tucson, Arizona, has enrolled at Auburn as a junior college transfer. He will have three seasons of eligibility after redshirting last season at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. As a freshman at that school, he averaged eight points and four rebounds. He hit 45 percent of his field goals and 38 percent from three-point range.

Troy Gaines

A 2000 graduate of Tucson High School who was known there as a strong defensive player, he averaged 18 points as a junior and 16 as a senior.

"I played a year at Scottsdale and redshirted the next year," Gaines says. "My first year in college they put me at point guard. During high school, I played a little bit at point guard, but I was a shooting guard most of the time."

Gaines says that Auburn coaches began recruiting him after they watched him at a basketball tournament this summer in Oklahoma.

"This past year I redshirted and worked on my game while I was trying to gain some weight," Gaines says. "The summer before I had tweaked my Achilles tendon. For a month and a half, I really couldn't do anything. It bothered me. That is why I made the decision to redshirt. I was not satisfied with where my game was."

Gaines, who says he was a four-year starter in high school, notes that he tries to be an all-around player on the court. "I just know how to play the game," he says. "Whatever it takes to win, I want to do it. I have a shot when I need to have a shot. I have got the handles when I need to have the handles. Whatever needs to be done, I am willing to do it."

He says that he is full speed now and excited about being at Auburn. "I went hard the whole summer and I went to a camp and got an offer. It shows what can happen when you put in a lot of hard work. The Auburn coaches saw me at the Mullins Camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma."

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