Basketball: Kenny Gaines picks UGA over Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and Iowa

UGA shopped locally for its backcourt of the future.

Whitefield Academy SG Kenny Gaines is UGA's second basketball recruit for 2012, with both from the state of Georgia (Photo courtesy of Sydney Cooper Photography)

Whitefield Academy SG Kenny Gaines is UGA's second basketball recruit for 2012, with both from the state of Georgia (Photo courtesy of Sydney Cooper Photography)

Kenny Gaines, a shooting guard from Whitefield Academy, committed to UGA over Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Iowa on Tuesday. Gaines will play at UGA alongside Milton High School point guard Charles Mann,  who pledged to Bulldogs last month.

UGA coach Mark Fox certainly picked the right time to call his next target, Gaines.

“Really, it was Coach Fox that won me over,” Gaines told the AJC. “On Monday night, my mom and I were sitting in my room and praying what decision to make, and what schools to really consider and look at. It was like five minutes after we got done praying that Coach Fox gave us a call. We felt like that really was a sign from God. We asked Him to show us as fast as he could what schools to pick. After we got that phone call, we really knew that it was Georgia.”

Fox’s phone call pushed UGA over the top with Gaines, but there were other reasons why the Bulldogs edged out his finalists. “They all sort of canceled out each other themselves.”

  • Gaines on Georgia Tech: “When they signed Chris Bolden, that sort of affected my decision because I  know we play the same position. I knew it would be a battle for playing time.”
  • Clemson: “They had too many guards over there.”
  • Iowa: “It was sort of the distance factor.”
  • South Carolina: “I could’ve gone there and started immediately, but I was just really feeling Georgia.”

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard averaged 21 points last season as a junior at Cobb County’s Whitefield Academy. Gaines played AAU ball with the Georgia Stars. Gaines said he has a 3.2 GPA and plans to study Business in college.

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57 comments Add your comment

AnnapolisDawg

August 9th, 2011
4:22 pm

Awesome pick-up Dawgs!

AnnapolisDawg

August 9th, 2011
4:22 pm

and…. 1st!!!!

DawgDog

August 9th, 2011
4:29 pm

How many scholarships are left for that Class?

Dawg of the Day

August 9th, 2011
4:36 pm

Great to have him! Things are looking good for the Hoop Dawgs.

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Brian

August 9th, 2011
4:49 pm

DawgDog – There are two scholarships at the moment, and four prime targets – SF Hunt, SF Morris, PF Shaq, and PF Carter. We definitely need one of Shaq or Carter.

[...] Georgia basketball program after also considering Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Iowa, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nearly two dozen schools offered him scholarships. He averaged 21 points per game last [...]

JD

August 9th, 2011
4:56 pm

Wow, kid was concerned with competing for playing time at Tech. Hope no one at Georgia is a decent shooting guard, or he will transfer.

Scared

August 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

Seems like he may be a little scared of competition based on the comments about Tech and Clemson.

Our gameplan at UGA is to .............

August 9th, 2011
4:59 pm

Since CMF ARRIVED AT UGA, our PLAN A has been to win like 20-10 by his second year, begin to recruit and SIGN local talent from Geogia and do well in the SEC tourney and pick up a win or two there and then receive a bid to March Madness. Mission accomplished in year two. UGa is on target. Period.

Within another two years, UGA fans hope to win on average about 20,22,23 wins per year in reg season consistently, then possibly win the SEC Tourney without a tornado and get deeply into the NCAA Tourney. We do not expect to win the SEC on a regular basis, nor do we expect to win the NC but with Plan A working, all the rest can shape up for us and add to the possibilites.

The contributions will also begin to flow toward a giant PALACE for the Gym Dogs, the UGA men and lady cagers and all the rest and it starts with CMF, who is THE MAN for this job.

UGA man, class of 71 & 73

bucket

August 9th, 2011
5:07 pm

Looks like a great pickup for the Dawgs and CMF. I am sure the haters will show up shortly to tell us all the reasons we shouldn’t be excited.

DawgDog

August 9th, 2011
5:09 pm

Brian …. Well, it looks like Fox got height last year (and Caldwell) & more guards this coming year. Are those guys you mention scorers?

VA DAWG

August 9th, 2011
5:18 pm

Welcome aboard Kenny! Looking forward to the future success of the program on the court and in recruiting. I hope we finish this class off strong with Goodwin and another great forward (Hunt, Morris, Carter or Poythress). GO DAWGS!

ormewood

August 9th, 2011
5:18 pm

Don’t know the name. What’s he ranked nationally?

Regardless, I wish him a lot of success in Athens.

RRTDawgs

August 9th, 2011
5:23 pm

Fox getting getting it done Mann an Gaines i like our chances with Shaq Goodwin or Carter .

bucket

August 9th, 2011
5:31 pm

@ ormewood. Scout has 3 stars and ranked 21st nationally at his position if I am reading that correctly.

country boy

August 9th, 2011
5:32 pm

I saw this kid play against Nick Marshall (UGA)and Wilcox County in Dec. Gaines really stood out on offense and was a very tight defender. He can shoot and get his own shot. Athletic.

TampaDAWG

August 9th, 2011
5:40 pm

he is a 3 star but in the rivals 150 also. both UGAs commits are in the rivals 150. Would be nice to add Carter and/or Goodwin.

Sopwith Camel

August 9th, 2011
6:02 pm

What class is Whitefield in? Is it a single “A” school?

[...] Basketball: UGA strikes again with homegrown talent with SG Kenny Gaines (click on story link) [...]

Destin Dawg

August 9th, 2011
6:26 pm

Go Hoop Dawgs !!! things going uphill in Athens… Parade magazine says ” #2 large State University education plus big time sports ” in beautiful Athens, Ga.. Go dawgs !!

Upstate Dawg

August 9th, 2011
6:42 pm

Way to go, Coach Fox! I’d like to welcome Kenny to Bulldog Country. Sic ‘em Dawgs!

JAWJeRDAWG

August 9th, 2011
7:38 pm

Welcome to the UGA Hoop Dawgs, Kenny. Best of luck in the classroom and on the hardwood! .. Go Dawgs!

phillip

August 9th, 2011
8:29 pm

damn he looks good.

John Galt

August 9th, 2011
8:49 pm

JD that’s just a stupid comment. A talented backup can cut into your playing time, you know?

curiousmind

August 9th, 2011
9:28 pm

Jarmal Reid ( Jeremy Price brother) is going to UGA. ^6′7 forward from Columbia

Hoopster

August 9th, 2011
9:47 pm

Sounds like he’s a little scared of the competition at Clemson and Tech. Sad attitude right there.

BobDawg

August 9th, 2011
10:31 pm

The Fox Den is going to be jumping and packed for years to come! Great depth and he just keeps adding pieces at the right time and place. Welcome Mr. Gaines!!!

BobDawg

August 10th, 2011
12:20 am

Our future backcourt will be a 6-5 PG in Mann and a 6-3 Shooting guard in Gaines and these guys are still growing….

Dewayne

August 10th, 2011
1:57 am

Does this kid have a mid-range jump shot? I wasn’t seeing too much shooting from the video. Yes, he can dunk and do put backs, but I hope he can do some shooting since he is a SHOOTING guard!!!

InsideObserver

August 10th, 2011
7:32 am

How can you say he picked UGA over Ga. Tech when he was NEVER offered a scholarship from Ga. Tech? Say what you want and read all the scout reports you want, but the truth is he was never offered. Any kid can say this school offered me or that school offered me, but if Chris Bolden was his only reason for not going there and UGA had already picked up a guard, why didn’t he already commit to Tech? Besides that, he wasn’t offered from Tech.

Recruiting | MrSEC.com

August 10th, 2011
8:16 am

[...] “Really, it was Coach (Mark) Fox that won me over,” Gaines told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “On Monday night, my mom and I were sitting in my room and praying what decision to make, and what schools to really consider and look at. It was like five minutes after we got done praying that Coach Fox gave us a call. [...]

hahahahaha!!!!!!

August 10th, 2011
8:25 am

Out there in Yech kook lalaland I guess this kid is now a “thug” and a paid athlete. However, had he selected Yech he would have been the next Einstein and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Yech fans are funny

hammerhead

August 10th, 2011
8:48 am

Hoops program continues to build momentum. Great to see quality, local talent headed to Athens!

gt4ever

August 10th, 2011
9:18 am

good job, maybe UGA can play some basketball….. Good Luck Kid!

coachx

August 10th, 2011
9:19 am

Welcome to Dawg Nation Kenny Gaines.

UGA basketall has a bright future with the young guys Fox is recruiting. There may be a bump in the road nex but things are looking up.

possum

August 10th, 2011
11:01 am

welcome aboard, Mr Kenny. I think your GPA is more important than your PPG. I see a bright future for you!!

[...] Gaines of Whitfield Academy chose Georgia over in-state rival Georgia Tech, as well as Clemson, South Carolina and [...]

How bout them BEES!!!

August 10th, 2011
12:56 pm

Gaines on Georgia Tech: “When they signed Chris Bolden, that sort of affected my decision because I know we play the same position. I knew it would be a battle for playing time

Good thing we didn’t get him. He, himself don’t think he’s good enough.

techfan

August 10th, 2011
1:02 pm

Every recruit in every sport takes competition into consideration before committing somewhere. Gaines is just one of the few to admit it.

joe

August 10th, 2011
1:19 pm

Kenny Gaines? I’d rather have Kenny Powers…

slydog

August 10th, 2011
1:20 pm

@How bout them BEES!!! Check GT’s roster. They are loaded with young perimeter players already. You guys need big men. UGA’s top two guards are graduating this year. So yes, with the signing of Bolden, it would be an uphill battle. It’s not like he is John Wall or Derrick Rose. He fits UGA’s offense because they run a triangle. 3 guards can be used on the floor at the same time because short, quick passes and reverses are it’s keys. These are the facts.

Chuck

August 10th, 2011
1:21 pm

Way to be classy Tech fans.

JM

August 10th, 2011
1:50 pm

Gaines has been a UGA lean for some time. I am not surprised by this decision. I am however, surprised that he was concerned about competition from Bolden for playing time.

shankit

August 10th, 2011
2:55 pm

God works in mysterious ways. The power of prayer is awesome.

Welcome Aboard Kenny!

August 10th, 2011
8:15 pm

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation! String music in Athens Baby!

Welcome Aboard K.G.

August 10th, 2011
9:37 pm

Welcome aboard Kenny! God works in mysterious way and it didn’t hurt that one of our assistants placed a bug in your home on a previous visit. Nice move Coach.

Proud-Dawg

August 11th, 2011
12:06 am

Reminds me of a Lou Williams type player

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