Gaines' final two: Maryland, Louisville

At Cap Classic, star guard near decision, father says

April 07, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Highly regarded high school recruit Reece Gaines, a possible replacement for Steve Francis at point guard next season, has narrowed his collegiate choices down to Maryland and Louisville and will most likely make a final decision in the next few days.

That was the word from his father, Arnold "Clyde" Gaines, who was reached last night at his Madison, Wis., home.

"I'm coming to the Capital Classic Thursday and talk to him and we'll probably make a decision after that," said the elder Gaines, who was a first-team All-State choice from Baltimore's Lake Clifton High in 1976. "Reece really likes the University of Maryland and he enjoys coming to Baltimore a lot. He's been coming back often while we've been living in Madison."

Reece Gaines, a 6-foot-5 guard who can play the point or wing in college, was in Washington, D.C., last night practicing with the Capital All-Stars, who will meet the U.S. All-Stars tomorrow night at the MCI Center.

This season, Gaines averaged 24 points, six rebounds and five assists as a senior for a 20-4 West High School team in Madison.

When asked what position his son played most, Clyde Gaines said, "Everything. He can play all the positions. And he never really went out to score a lot of points. If he would have, he would have averaged 30."

Maryland coach Gary Williams visited Reece Gaines in Madison, Wis., last Thursday, the day after Francis announced he would enter his name in the June 30 NBA draft.

"Steve Francis leaving obviously didn't hurt Maryland's chances," said Clyde Gaines.

Clyde Gaines was a true point guard in every sense of the word, running the offense and always getting the ball to the open man.

He received a scholarship to play at Wisconsin after averaging 20 points and six assists as a senior at Lake Clifton and remained in Madison after his playing days were over.

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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