Running with the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL, Gaines put up some big numbers. He averaged 14.7 points and 9 rebounds per game. That rebounding rate was one of the best on the entire Nike circuit despite being less than 6-foot-5. Gaines gets it done with length, toughness, athleticism, and an elite motor.
That combination is what attracted schools like Butler, Dayton, and Cincinnati to Gaines along with Northwestern.
At the end of the day, Gaines however decided on Northwestern. He liked the fit that he had in terms of style of play and with the coaching staff. Once he made that official visit, the decision was cemented in his mind, and Gaines pulled the trigger.
Look for Gaines to contribute immediately for the Wildcats, especially on the defensive end where he is very ready to come in and make an impact.