I've seen very limited film on Gaines, and it wasn't great. But, and it's a big but, he absolutely got it done this spring summer against elite competition on the eybl circuit. This is a guy who averaged nearly 10 rebounds per game over 20 eybl contests (including Peach Jam) in about 26 minutes per game, averaged almost 15 ppg on 53%+ shooting (almost all from inside the arc), and had a very solid 54/39 assist/turnover ratio. If we're going to knock a guy like, say, Brendan Johns for not playing well against top competition, and extrapolate from that that he's overrated with respect to his potential college production, why wouldn't Gaines' stats (top 15 out of about 400 kids in regular season eybl efficiency stats) suggest that he's underrated? Yeah, he doesn't look the part--he looks like a very undersized 4 without eye-popping athletic ability or explosion who has limited range on his shot--but why then does he produce like he does?
I honestly don't know how I feel about him--like Eli Brooks, limited film says one thing while the numbers, even against good competition, say something else. What intrigues me about Gaines is that he seems all wrong for what JB likes to do, and he does not have the athletic ability of wings like Matthews and GR III and Casey Prather who were/are not great perimeter threats, but were coveted by Beilein, yet we're still visiting and involved. That says something about something.