2008: 6'9 Gates could become top target

RICHMOND, VA -- 6'9 Yancey Gates got off to a slow start at the NBA Camp but turned it up Thursday evening, showing clearly he's one of the better prospects nationally in the Class of 2008. Gates, from Cincinnati, Ohio, could become one of Louisville's top recruiting targets in the junior class.

There aren't many kids in the class of 2008 quite as big as Yancey Gates. The 6-9, 235-pounder has a big muscular body and when he decides to use it he's one of the best in the class of 2008.

Gates is participating in the NBA Player's Association camp this week and he's had an up and down camp. At times Gates sags out to the perimeter, but when he gets in the paint and wants to score he's extremely tough to stop.

"I've played ok. But my shots aren't falling," he said after his morning session on Thursday. "It'll probably pick up later."

He was so right. In his night session game, Gates played terrific. He finished off a few plays at the rim with thunderous dunks, but more impressive was his jump hooks and the nice post moves he showed off throughout the game.

Ranked as one of the top guys in the class of 2008, it's no wonder that he's already hearing from a ton of high major schools. Schools like Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Xavier, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Miami have shown a lot of interest.

Louisville is another school that is recruiting him, and with the recent edition of an Ohio guy on staff, the Cards will likely give him a big push. While they have yet to show a heavy amount of interest others are starting to offer him. Ohio State, Michigan, Cincinnati and Xavier have already offered him a grant.

The Buckeyes have been reeling in the talent lately and they have made a strong push at Gates. With commitments from post players such as Kosta Koufos and Dallas Lauderdale in 07 and B.J. Mullens in 08, will that scare him away from their program?

"I don't think so because I think Greg is only going to do one and then be out," Gates said. "But with B.J. and Dallas I think you can play those two together sometimes. I don't think that will be a problem."

After NBPA Camp, Gates is headed to adidas Superstar Camp before he hits the AAU circuit again. While he is already hearing from a solid contingent of coaches, after the open period he'll have every high major after him. But don't expect a decision anytime soon as Gates wants to wait the process out and take some unofficial visits before he makes any kind of decision.

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