No Big Rush For Gates

Cincinnati Withrow hoopster Yancy Gates already has the nation's top basketball colleges knocking on his door, but he seems to be in no hurry to make a decision. Kyle Lamb brings us the latest news on this prospect.

Yancy Gates and his stepfather Tony Dees typically like to keep a low profile. That's why you don't see many updates on them and you don't hear a whole lot about them.

But it's hard to stay quiet for too long when you're Gates.

Aside from the obvious reasons the 6-8 250-pound forward makes headlines on the basketball court, he's also going to be making headlines at a new high school. This summer, his family moved him from Cincinnati Hughes High School to nearby Withrow High School – where his brother Anthony McBride was already enrolled.

"It was closer to home was one thing," said Dees. "The male gender classes, (wearing) the shirt and tie were issues and the academic standards were higher (at Withrow) and they have a staff of excellence there."

Playing with McBride was also a factor.

"Lastly, there was the basketball decision and he has a brother and sister that goes there," added Dees. "Yes, it is (a thrill). He's excited about it."

With Gates being in classes for a couple of months, he's already gotten settled in to his new surroundings.

"He's adjusting," Dees said. "He's enjoying it really well."

The junior, ranked No. 12 overall in the 2008 high school rankings, is receiving interest from a number of schools including Cincinnati, Ohio State, Xavier, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan just to name a few.

For now, Gates and his father do not want to formulate any sort of official list of schools.

"It's open really," Dees said. "He likes Ohio State a lot but he doesn't have a clear-cut favorite. It's open right now."

Thus far this season, Gates has been on Xavier's campus several times but his only actual visit took place this past weekend to Ohio State, where he went with McBride and Dees to hang out with AAU teammate (and Ohio State commitment) B.J. Mullens as well as talk to the Ohio State coaching staff. Gates has also been to Michigan in the past.

The trip was brief, but allowed them to watch the Ohio State – Penn State football game and talk some to Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and assistant John Groce.

"It's always good; we enjoy being around Thad and John Groce," Dees said of the trip. "We were able to see and spend some time with B.J. Mullens. We enjoyed the game and the atmosphere. It was a good time."

Currently, Gates has no timetable for a decision. Most likely, they will not begin to consider narrowing it down to one school until next summer at the earliest.

In the meantime, Dees hopes to entertain all options and continue to slow the process down.

Dees said that at the moment there is no other visits set up for this fall. However, he did not rule out taking some more in the near future.

He also said one more trip was likely to Ohio State.

"We want to be able to come up and see the campus more," he concluded, "and talk to some of the academic advisers and learn a little more about the school."

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