Northwestern men’s basketball guard and senior captain Anthony Gaines has entered the transfer portal, according to VerbalCommits on Twitter.
Gaines, who has captained the workforce for the past two many years, arrived to Northwestern as Chris Collins’ lone recruit in the Class of 2017, choosing NU around the likes of Butler, Dayton and Cincinnati. In his Northwestern tenure, Gaines averaged 3.9 points for every recreation as nicely as 3.8 rebounds for every sport. Gaines never ever truly created the required strides to turn into a top offensive threat at NU, but was broadly regarded as Northwestern’s finest perimeter defender.
Gaines’ exit doesn’t automatically occur as a surprise. Months back, prior to Miller Kopp announcing his intentions to transfer, quite a few Wildcat enthusiasts pondered no matter whether or not Gaines would decide to return for a fifth time. Some felt Gaines’ leaving could open the door for a participant with a higher ceiling, these as very-touted recruit Patrick Baldwin Jr., to occur to Northwestern on scholarship.
Seeking ahead, it will be fascinating to see regardless of whether Gaines’ departure marks the finish of Northwestern’s transfer exodus or is just the commencing. In and of itself, Gaines’ loss leaves nonetheless a different gap to fill. Gaines was the very first recruit to enroll at Northwestern following it created the 2017 NCAA Match, and his determination to transfer, alongside with that of Kopp, could sign that far more gamers strategy to leave Evanston.