Yancy Gates Recruiting Update

One day after Yancy Gates stepped on Ed Jucker Court to score 30 points in the Withrow victory over Princeton High School, Bearcat Insider spoke to Yancy's stepfather Tony Dees.

Yancy Gates, the 6' 9"/240 pound junior center for the Withrow Tigers, sure seemed at home on the University of Cincinnati's home court Saturday afternoon as he poured in 30 points in leading his team to the Division I sectional title.  Bearcat Insider interrupted his stepfather, Tony Dees, from his Sunday afternoon of watching basketball to talk about basketball and his manchild stepson.


Despite being the biggest player on the floor, Gates defied logical wisdom by taking and making three shots from three point land to open Saturday's game.  Tony talked about the evolution of Yancy.  "He spends a lot of time in the gym and works hard, and his teammates are starting to believe in him."  Hitting the three treys yesterday, however, has not been the norm for him but seems to be the result of hard work.  "That's a product of him working on his game all the time."


In the past, Tony has expressed his desire for Yancy to go to a program that doesn't just utilize Gates' size in the paint but also allows him to play facing the basket.  Tony sees yesterday's results as being a part of his big man's maturation process.  "I would say yes.  He stepped out yesterday because he needed to."


Tony grew up in Cincinnati, played his college basketball at Alabama-Birmingham, but returned to the Queen City to work and raise a family.  So does Tony see an advantage in a local player staying at home to play his college ball?  "I would say yes there is.  It would help being close to family and friends."


As Coach Cronin continues his quest to improve his roster, keeping players at home like Yancy become almost a must.  The Bearcats have not been blessed with much size the last two seasons so does a big man like Yancy look at the opportunity Cincinnati presents for early playing time?  Tony replied, "I think he knows he can play anywhere if he continues to work and build.  That's more important than playing right away.  He knows wherever he goes, he's going to have to work and earn his time.  That's what's most important."


Some have reported that Tony and Yancy have begun narrowing down the suitors.  According to Tony, that's not necessarily true.  "It's still open."  Tony did admit that the Bearcats were still among those being considered.


Yancy and his Withrow Tigers will next play LaSalle and Cincinnati sophomore commit, Danny McElroy, on Saturday at the University of Dayton.   

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