Withrow's Gates Likes Local Flavor

Yancy Gates could have gone to a host of big time programs. However, it was the one right in his backyard that in the end got it done.

Mick Cronin landed a signature recruit Sunday night, one that Cincinnati badly coveted.

Yancy Gates, a 6-foot-8, 255 pound power forward out of Cincinnati Withrow pledged to play for the Bearcats in the fall of 2008. According to Tony Dees, Gates' father and guardian, there will be a press conference Monday but word leaked out Sunday night.

"That's definitely where he'll be going," Dees told Scout.com.

The local pull would naturally be there but Dees said that wasn't the only reason the Bearcats most significant local recruit in over a decade sided with Cronin.

"It was the fact that they have tradition and history there. Mick Cronin and Coach Stubblefield are guys we like and they're playing in the Big East Conference and that all plays a part in it."

As a junior, Scout.com's No. 28 prospect averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds. He was a second-team all-state selection in Ohio. At Cincinnati he'll man the four-man slot but Dees and Gates know there is work to be done before he gets there.

"He's got to get in there and earn everything he gets. He wanted to play his natural position of power forward and he's going to have the opportunity to do that and we think he will (get it done)."

Indiana, Georgetown, Ohio State and a host of other showed significant interest in Gates as a member of the Class of 2008.

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