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Reece Gaines
Reece Gaines


Madison, Wisc.

High School:
Madison West HS

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 205




Junior Year: Clutch performer who clearly established himself as the Cards' leader, serving as a co-captain with Hajj Turner ... Led the Cardinals in scoring (21.0, 2nd in C-USA, No. 25 in NCAA), assists (3.6, 11th in C-USA) and free throw percentage (.800, 7th in C-USA) ... Double-figure scorer in 31 games (all but at Marquette), scoring 20 or more on 19 occasions, including three post season games (30 vs. TCU, 29 vs. Marquette, 23 vs. Princeton). He averaged 25 points over the last 7 games ... Honors as a junior included being named to the All-Conference USA first-team, USBWA All-District team, and the NABC All-District team ... Will enter his senior season ranked No. 22 on the all-time U of L scoring list. Only Pervis Ellison (1985-89), DeJuan Wheat (1993-97) and Darrell Griffith (1976-80) -- U of L's top three career scorers -- scored more in their initial three seasons than Gaines' 1,371 career points ... Only the second U of L player in 30 years to average over 20 points a game and the most since Darrell Griffith averaged 22.9 points in the Cards' 1980 NCAA Championship season. He was No. 25 in scoring nationally and ranks 14th among all returning scorers in the NCAA ... His 673 points was the third-most ever for a Louisville player in a single season and his 21.0 scoring average marked only the 10th time a Cardinal has averaged 20 points or better in a season ... His six-foot bank shot after driving the lane with 5.8 seconds remaining sank Princeton in the first round of the NIT. He had 23 points, four assists and two steals ... Averaged 29.5 points and 7.0 assists in the Cards' two C-USA Tournament games (19-34 FG, 8-15 3FG), earning recognition on the five-man all-tournament team ... Produced 30 points, a career-high 10 assists, three rebounds and three steals against TCU in the first round of the C-USA Tournament, his second career double-double. It was his third game of the season with 30 or more points ... Scored a career-high 37 points against Saint Louis. It tied for the fifth-highest individual scoring performance in a C-USA game and tied for the sixth-highest in U of L history. It was the most for a Cardinal since Butch Beard scored 41 against Bradley on Jan. 14, 1967 ... Poured in 30 points against South Florida, adding six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a career-best seven threes (8-15 FG, 7-12 3FG, 7-7 FT) ... Totalled 17 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and four assists at Memphis, his first double-double ... Had four or more assists in 19 games (U of L was 14-5 in those games). His 1.63 assists-to-turnovers ratio was ninth best in C-USA ... Made three or more three-point goals in 16 games, including canning six or more on five occasions. He was second in C-USA in three-pointers made (2.84; No. 45 nationally) ... Led the Cards and ranked seventh in C-USA in free throw percentage (.800) ... Hit two of the Cards three straight three-point goals in the final 32 seconds against Tennessee -- including the game-winner with 1.8 seconds remaining -- to cap an incredible 73-72 victory. He had 22 points, four rebounds and four steals in the game ... Hit a three-pointer that proved to be the winning score with 18 seconds against Tennessee Tech. He had 24 points, four rebounds and four assists in the game ... Hit five free throws in the final 39 seconds to help the Cards beat Ohio State ... Prior to his junior year, Gaines was ranked 15th in the country among Basketball News' "Gunners" (shooting guards), 20th nationally among The Sporting News top shooting guards and was named to the Hoop Scoop's ninth team All-America (top 45 players) ... Louisville's assist leader (3.3) and No. 2 scorer (13.9) as a sophomore when he scored in double digits in 21 games and led C-USA in three-point percentage (.426, 40-of-94) ... Averaged 9.1 points and a team-leading 3.4 assists as the Cards' starting point guard his freshman year, scoring in double digits in 16 games ... Averaged 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals as a senior at Madison West High School in earning first team AP all-state honors.

Sophomore Year: Louisville's assist leader (3.3) and No. 2 scorer (13.9) ... Scored in double digits in 21 games ... Led C-USA in three-point percentage (.426, 40-of-94) ... Matched a career-high with eight rebounds at DePaul (2-14-01), adding 14 points and three assists ... Had 20 points and a career-high eight assists against Houston (1-17-01), scoring 16 in the 2nd half ... Scored a career-high 28 points at Tulane (1-10-01) with four assists, hitting five-of-eight three-pointers ... Missed the South Florida game and saw limited action in the previous two games while suffering from a lower back sprain he injured at Southern Miss ... Produced a huge game against Kentucky (1-2-01) with 27 points, a career-high matching eight rebounds and adding four assists. He hit 10-of-14 shots from the field, including five-of-eight three pointers ... Scored 26 points against Loyola (12-18-00), adding six assists and two steals. He hit 8-of-14 shots from the field and all eight of his free throws ... Scored 22 points against Maryland (11-20-00), hitting three-of-five three point goals ... Equalled a career-best seven assists against Western Kentucky (12-9-00), adding 10 points and four rebounds ... Led the Cardinals with 17 points against Oregon (12-30-00), but it marked only the third game of his career without an assist ... Opened the season against Hawai'i with 11 points, five assists, three steals and only one turnover (11-17-00) ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds at Alabama (11-30-00), adding 18 points & three steals ... Honored among the nation's Top 20 point guards by The Sporting News.

Freshman Year: Averaged 9.1 points and a team-leading 3.4 assists as the Cards' starting point guard ... Became just the 12th freshman to start an opening game for U of L in Coach Denny Crum's 30 years with the Cardinals when he opened at point guard in U of L's Nov. 19 opener at VCU ... Over the last 22 games (since North Carolina game), he averaged 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists, scoring in double figures in 14 games ... Double figure scorer in 16 games (14 of last 22) ... Led U of L and ranked 11th in C-USA in assists (104, 3.4 average). He averaged 4.5 assists over the last seven games ... Second for the Cardinals and ranked third in Conference USA in steals (58, 1.9 average). He collected a season-high five steals twice, including five thefts against Houston in the Cards' regular season finale ... Scored a season-high 20 points with five assists and two steals at Marquette (1-15-00) in returning to his home state ... Earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll status for the 1999 Fall Semester ... Ranked 12th in Conference USA in assists-to-turnovers ratio (1.11). U of L was 12-2 when Gaines commited two or fewer turnovers ... Had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists against Southern Miss., assisting on three of the last four baskets in the 69-67 victory (1-8-00) ... Against North Carolina, he produced 12 points, seven assists, five steals and no turnovers (12-23-99) ... Had 12 points and three assists vs. Xavier (11-26-99) ... Gathered four steals vs. Georgia (11-26-99).

High School: Averaged 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals as a senior for Coach Boyce Hodge, leading Madison West to a 21-4 record and the quarterfinals of the WIAA Division I state tournament ... Shot 55 percent from the field, including 40 percent from the three-point line, and 77 percent of his free throws ... A first-team AP all-state selection, Gaines was a two-time conference player of the year ... Scored 1,254 points in three years at Madison West with a single-game high of 39 as a senior ... Averaged 17.5 points as a sophomore in helping his team to the state quarterfinals while earning third team all-state honors ... As a junior, he averaged 22 points as a second-team all-state selection ... Ranked among the nation's top 25 prospects by Recruiting USA, top 30 in Athlon's, No. 43 by The Sporting News, and was among the top 60 in virtually every other recruiting service ... His father Clyde played basketball at Wisconsin (1977-80). Clyde had 10 points and three rebounds as a sophomore starting guard for the Badgers as Louisville defeated Wisconsin 70-53 on Dec. 28, 1978 in the first round of the Louisville Holiday Classic in Freedom Hall, the only previous meeting between the two schools ... Played in the Capital Classic all-star game in Washington, D.C. ... Narrowed his choices to Maryland and Wisconsin before signing with the Cardinals.

Personal: Born Jan. 7, 1981 ... Son of Carola and Clyde Gaines ... Oldest of three children in his family ... Major is sociology ... Personal goal at U of L is to win a championship ... Enjoys reading in his spare time ... Chose to attend U of L because "of the great fan support." ... Best basketball advice given to him was to "play every game like it's your last." ... His father Clyde has had the biggest influence on his athletic career ... Spent last summer getting stronger ... Most proud of my uncle ... When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was Michael Jordan ... Best moment of his collegiate career is each game he plays in Freedom Hall; worst moment was his first game at U of L ... His biggest thrill is playing in Freedom Hall.

Favorites: Basketball Player: Carvonn Gaines (his younger brother) ... NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers ... Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Anna Kornikova ... Movies: A Bronx Tale, Finding Forrester, Carlito's Way, The Godfather ... Book: The Oppressed, Success is a Choice ... TV Shows: The Wire, The Sopranos ... Musical Group/Singer: Jay Z, Beatles ... Food: steak ... Midnight Snack: pizza ... Best Athlete Ever Faced: Kenyon Martin ... Would most like to meet: Jesus.

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