6’6 ’19 Gavin Rains (Wheatmore HS, Trinity, NC)
Gavin Rains may be the best kept secret in the state of North Carolina. At last year’s NC Top 80, Gavin came in and made an impression. We’re talking about a player that has a unique blend of skill, basketball IQ and bounce, not to mention he is an excellent student that sports an impressive 3.7 GPA. He is a true definition of a student athlete. At our most recent NC Phenom 150 camp, Jamie Shaw stated, “Gavin is the ultimate glue player, who just makes winning plays throughout the course of a game. He is super athletic, able to defend multiple positions and is a very strong rebounder. Offensively, his range extends beyond the 3-point arc, he attacks off the bounce and finishes above the rim. Gavin is a winner, a winner that so many D1’s in the region can use.”
Currently, Wheatmore is 5-1 and some polls have Wheatmore ranked in the NCHSAA 2A clafficiation. In speaking with coach Tim Kelly, he stated Gavin is leading the team in all categories and playing at a tremendous level. He has posted a double-double in all games so far this season and is becoming the leader the staff has envisoned. Gavin is currently averaging an impressive 26.5 PPG and 15.6 RPG. Coach Kelly stated,
"This off-season Gavin dedicated himself to our basketball program! He's put in countless hours in the weight room and working on his all around individual game."
The biggest difference in his game right now is his ability to play a variety of positions as well as defend every position on the floor, he has developed himself to becoming more of a complete player.
To go along with his phenomenal post play inside, he is handling the ball extremely well, he can shoot with range and can attack defenders off the dribble. He is extremely athletic, has a high basketball IQ and is one of the most fierce rebounders I have coached. He makes everyone on our team better. But, I think he's biggest attribute is his desire to compete!! There's not a play or a possession he takes off, simply put, the kid's a winner!”
Now, let’s check out his individual stats through six games.
Over the last 6 games he stat line is ridiculous:
Game 1. 18 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks
Game 2. 29 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks
Game 3. 30 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists
Game 4. 30 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Game 5. 20 points, 14 rebounds
Game 6. 32 points, 19 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists