Once Kenny Gaines trimmed his list to a top five last week, it seemed inevitable that the 6-foot-3 Georgia native would make his decision quickly.
On Tuesday, Gaines made it official by announcing he would stay in-state and play at Georgia.
“I was really feeling them from the get-go,” Gaines told CBSSports.com.
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The Whitefield Academy (Ga.) guard, who ranks No. 99 in CBSSports.com's Top 100, chose the Bulldogs over South Carolina, Clemson, Iowa and Georgia Tech. Gaines has good size for his position, and he is quick enough and strong enough to get by defenders and then finish against bigger players at the rim. He is a good distributor who can also knock down shots from the perimeter.
The Yellow Jackets were the other team squarely in the mix, but a commitment last week eliminated Tech from consideration.
“It was a top two, but when Chris Bolden committed to Georgia Tech, I crossed them off the list,” Gaines said.
AAU teammate Charles Mann popped for Georgia in late July, while fellow Peach State native Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will suit up for the Bulldogs this fall. Those two being in Athens with Gaines helped him make the decision.
“Me, Charles and Kentavious at the 1, 2 and 3 spots could be a pretty strong backcourt,” Gaines said. “I can come in and make a big impact.”