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THE RIVALS150: Class of 2014 | 2015 | 2016
Kaiser Gates first emerged on the radar of high-major programs over two
years ago as he was going into his sophomore year. Since then, he's continued to
play at a high level and racked up scholarship offers from schools all over the
country.
Now that he's a senior, Gates is getting closer to deciding where he will play
college basketball. On Monday night, he announced that he's cut list down to
eight schools: Missouri, Xavier, LSU,
Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State,
Georgia and Auburn. His relationship with the coaching staff
at each school played a big role in helping him figure out which schools to keep
on his list.
"My relationship with the coaches and the coaches that were calling me the most
was a big a factor for me," said Gates. "That showed they were the most
interested in me. Playing time is a factor and the way they play is a factor.
Honestly, these days the three and four positions are very similar so that's not
going to be a big deal."
Missouri has been recruiting Gates for a while now, but they had a coaching
change in the off-season. Gates' primary recruiter, Tim Fuller,
remained on staff, but Kim Anderson has taken over as the head coach
after Frank Haith departed for Tulsa. Gates now wants to get a
better feel for what Missouri basketball will be about going forward.
"I'm going to have to watch them play this year and see how they play. I really
liked how they played last year, but I'm going to have to see with the new
coaching staff. I'm most definitely going to take an official visit out there to
see what their new coaches are like."
Xavier and Cincinnati jumped on Gates early and it's no surprise they made the
most recent cut for Gates. He's got a great relationship with the coaches at
each school, but they have another advantage working in their favor.
"I love Xavier's coaching staff. They are one of my favorites for sure. I really
like their program and the fact my dad is from that area. I still have family up
in Ohio."
"It's sort of the same as Xavier with Cincinnati. I had an in-home visit with
one of the assistant coaches and I liked him and the way they run their
program."
Texas Tech recently made a late addition to their 2014 class, and the new Red
Raider just happens to be a close friend of Gates.
"Texas Tech, they are in there because one of my friends, Isaiah Manderson,
just committed there. They have been on me for a while now."
Georgia offered Gates early in his sophomore year and continued to recruit him
since then.
"Georgia, obviously it's an in-state school right near home. I feel like I could
go there and compete for playing time right away. I like coach Fox, and coach
Hayes is really funny."
Auburn, while Tony Barbee was the head coach, offered Gates first. With
Bruce Pearl now in charge, the Tigers still appear to be a major player
in his recruitment. He plans to meet with Bruce Pearl for the first time this
weekend.
"Auburn was actually my first offer. When the new coaching staff came in, they
re-offered me. I'm supposed to be meeting with Coach Pearl this weekend. I'm
going to their elite camp. My high school told me they have a great coaching
staff and it might be a great fit for me. I'm going to have to see just like
with Missouri."
The next step in the recruiting process for Gates will be taking visits. Along
with Auburn, Gates says he knows of two places where he'll be visiting in the
next couple months.
"Texas Tech wants me to come up there on Oct. 18 for their homecoming weekend.
That will probably be my first official visit. I might set up one before, but
I'm not sure. I'll probably visit Georgia a couple times for football games."
Look for Gates to make a verbal commitment this fall and sign with the school of
his choice during the early signing period in November.
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