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Gathers transitioning to the perimeter

Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:35 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Built like a defensive end, Ricardo Gathers is a guy you don’t want to deal with inside the paint.

The 6-foot-6, 240-lb. forward is looking to make himself even more dangerous on the offensive end, though, working on his perimeter game and becoming a match-up nightmare for opponents.

“I’m working on being a perimeter player,” Gathers said over the weekend. “I’m working on my shooting and ball-handling. I’m gonna have to be [a three] at the next level.”

The next level is right around the corner for Gathers, one of the top players in the class of 2012.


Right now, he has a long list of suitors, including St. John’s, Baylor, Syracuse, Connecticut, West Virginia, LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Kansas.

Gathers said he wants to visit St. John’s and Florida in the near future.

“I’m looking for atmosphere and the coaching style,” he said.

Gathers is a beast inside, dominating the glass at both ends of the floor against taller opponents. He runs the floor extremely well and can finish at the rim. His physical style makes him an imposing presence around the basket. Gathers used those attributes to average 18.2 points and 12.8 rebounds over the weekend.

If he continues to improve his perimeter play, he will be a force over the next couple of years.

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