Northwestern head basketball coach Chris Collins picked up the first commitment of his 2017 recruiting class when on Tuesday three-star shooting guard Anthony Gaines offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Wildcats.
Gaines was coming off a visit to the Evanston school this past weekend. He took to Twitter to announce his decision.
“Excited to announce my commitment to Northwestern class of 2017,” he said on the social media site, while also posting a clip of some of his highlights.
— Anthony Gaines (@AnthonyGaines9) September 27, 2016
Scout.com’s Brian Snow had this to say about Gaines’ game after scouting him over the summer:
Running with the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL, Gaines put up some big numbers. He averaged 14.7 points and 9 rebounds per game. That rebounding rate was one of the best on the entire Nike circuit despite being less than 6-foot-5. Gaines gets it done with length, toughness, athleticism, and an elite motor.
Gaines, a 6’4”, 190-pound off guard from New Hampton, New Hampshire (New Hampton School) is rated as a three-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks Gaines as the No. 149 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 36th-best shooting guard in the country. 247Sports also regards Gaines as the third-best basketball player in the state of New Hampshire.
He chose the Wildcats after narrowing his list down to Northwestern, Butler, Michigan, Dayton and Cincinnati. Gaines also had offers from George Mason, George Washington, Kennesaw State, Monmouth, Niagara, Northeastern, Providence, Siena, Temple, Toledo and Vermont. He was also receiving interest from Rhode Island, Wake Forest and Yale.