Gaskins commits to Rebs
When Alpharetta, GA (Chattahoochee HS) Guard Trevor Gaskins visited Ole Miss last weekend for the Kentucky basketball game, it was all he needed to see to convince him to be a Rebel.
"The game environment, with the strong fan support, was what I was looking for," said Gaskins. "Ole Miss wanted me and I wanted them. The coaching staff was great. I fell in love with them. I feel like I can contribute right away.."
"I really liked the campus too. It's a nice place that I know I can be happy at."
Gaskins, who was also offered by Tennessee and Florida State, played AAU ball for the Georgia Hurricanes with early Rebel signee Zach Graham. He said that had a little bearing on his final decision.
"We are best buddies, but Zach isn't the main reason I chose Ole Miss. It had a little to do with my decision, but there were other factors that I talked about that swayed me totally," he explained.
Trevor's AAU coach, who has been coaching him since he was 13 years old, gave his opinion about why Trevor committed to the Rebels.
"We are just excited about his decision," added Georgia Hurricane head coach, Julian Barfield. "It was a tough decision. Tennessee and Florida State made him really think about it the last few days. Tennessee was actually number one on his list for quite some time, until he went on his visit to Ole Miss. It was just too good to be true for Trevor. When he went on his unofficial visit, he just fell in love with their staff, schemes, and environment."
Florida State came on hard recently, and they also gave Trevor something to think about.
"They really made him think. Trevor was going to commit to Ole Miss last week, but they got him thinking hard about FSU. They did a great job at hammering home their selling points, but when Trevor went to the Ole Miss/KY game, he came back and said he was ready. He just fell in love with Coaches Kennedy and White. They are player's coaches, but they will get in your face when needed. I am not saying Tennessee and FSU do not have great staffs, or that he did not think highly of them too, because he loved their staffs too, but Trevor just fell in love with all of the Ole Miss staff, not just one or two of them, the whole staff," stated Julian Gaskins.
What does Trevor do well on the court?
"He really excels at knowing when to keep the ball in his hands, and when he needs to score and when he needs to get everybody involved," added Coach Barfield.
"His sophomore year at St. Francis, he played with 3 D1 players and averaged 15 points and 9 assist a game. Last year he transferred to Milton (GA), and they needed him to be a scorer, so he averaged 24 points and 5 assists a game. This year, he plays for Chattahoochee, and he is averaging 21 points and 8 assists a game. The kid has been a winner where ever he has been. His 9th grade year he started and took St. Francis to the Sweet 16. The next year he took St. Francis to the Elite 8. Then he transferred to Milton last year and took them to the Sweet 16. Now he is at Chattahoochee and they are 11-2 and ranked 7th in the state," added Coach Barfield.
"I'm having a good year so far," commented Trevor Gaskins.
In a recent road game against Wheeler HS, one of the top-rated teams in the state of Georgia, Gaskins scored 34 points and had 14 assists.
"I was on that night," he laughed. "I think I bring energy and toughness to the court and that was a game where you had to be tough in a hostile environment."
Gaskins, who made First-Team All-Fulton County as a junior and made All-Tourney in a big AAU tournament over the summer with the Hurricanes, said playing hard is his key.
"I play hard and ask everyone around me to play just as hard. I think my game is the type of game that makes everyone around me better," he closed.
Gaskins will sign with the Rebels in April.
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