|DraftExpress: HoopHall 2012 Reports, part 2: Tony Parker (GA), Omar Calhoun, Ricardo Gathers, Jerami Grant, Jordan Adams, Rosco Allen http://t.co/lTVmQo2N|
|DraftExpress: Gonzaga Kris Jenkins (2013) has done a great job on Ricardo Gathers on both ends. Undersized PF but very smart & skilled. Can shoot and pass|
|DraftExpress: Gonzaga vs Riverside up next. Top recruits in this one are Nate Britt (2013, UNC) and Ricardo Gathers (2012, uncommitted). #hoophall|
|DraftExpress: DX Scouting Reports on Steven Adams, the Harrison twins, Ricardo Gathers, Chris Walker, Emmanuel Mudiay and more http://t.co/JGgSD1f2|
H: 6' 8"|
W: 260 lbs
(20 Years Old)
|Rank 56 in NCAA Juniors |
High School: Riverside Academy
Hometown: Laplace, LA
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2010||LeBron James Camp||NA||6' 6"||235||6' 9.5"||NA||NA||NA||NA|
Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
|2013/14||NCAA||Ricardo Gathers||36||17.6||6.1||2.0||4.3||46.2||2.0||4.3||46.2||0.0||0.0|| ||2.1||3.7||57.9||2.6||3.5||6.1||0.2||0.7||0.4||0.8||2.5|
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HoopHall Classic Scouting Reports: 2012 Prospects (Part Two)|
January 19, 2012
Ricardo Gathers (#34 Scout, #37 Rivals, #40 ESPN) had somewhat of a mixed showing here this weekend, on one hand displaying many of the traits that make him a very highly ranked prospect who is likely to be very productive at the next level, but on the other struggling in a few areas on both ends of the floor, putting some of his warts as a player center stage.
Not much has changed physically since we last profiled Gathers, as he remains a man amongst boys from a strength standpoint, even though he's undersized for his position, measured at just 6'6 in shoes with a 6'9.5 wingspan. Gathers' mass doesn't really hold him back athletically, either, as he runs the floor well and is capable of powering up for explosive dunks in the half court.
On the offensive end, Gathers is at his best operating in the low to mid post area, where he has a solid repertoire of moves, an excellent ability to back down his opponents, and good touch. He can spin off both shoulders and makes use of turnaround jumpers and right-handed hook shots, but he's at his best finishing strong with drop steps and going up hard to the rim or drawing contact and getting to the free-throw line.
While Gathers made good use of his post game on occasions here, he was much more reliant on his inconsistent perimeter game, where he shows the ability to face-up and hit jumpers from mid-to-long range, but doesn't have great shot selection and is prone to taking many ill-advised, contested, pull-up jumpers. He gets decent results on his shot when open, even if it doesn't have the prettiest mechanics, but the bigger problem is he just is nowhere near as efficient or effective in this area of his game as he is down low, and his team suffered for it in their 77-65 loss to Gonzaga College high school.
On the defensive end, Gathers' problems were more cut and dry, as he had an incredibly difficult time defending unheralded 6'5 combo-forward Kris Jenkins, who finished with 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting, mostly matching up against Gathers. Gathers was abused on the perimeter, and doesn't really show the fundamentals, lateral quickness, or focus to consistently defend stretch 4's, something that is concerning going forward. Gathers didn't look great defending down low either, and has some concerns there as well with his height, while he also did a poor job doing simple things like boxing out and staying involved in plays.
Looking forward, Gathers needs to do a better job playing to his strengths offensively and putting in as much effort and focus as possible on the defensive end to mitigate his mismatch shortcomings. He clearly has the tools to be an impact player at the college level, but how wisely he utilizes his skills and if he shows the ability to adequately defend 4's will likely determine his pro potential.
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adidas Nations: The Best of the Rest
September 27, 2011
A physically developed, undersized big man, Ricardo Gathers (#34 Scout, #37 Rivals, #30 ESPN) is a skilled and aggressive offensive player who dominates at this level of competition with his terrific combination of strength and versatility.
Standing somewhere around 6-7, with a frame reminiscent of an NFL linebacker, Gathers has excellent length and good athleticism. He can score from pretty much anywhere on the floor, be it posting up, handling the ball in transition, creating off one or two dribbles from the perimeter, or knocking down mid-range jumpers. He's able to get things done in a very impressive manner thanks to his skill-level and tremendous motor, and also competes admirably defensively and on the glass, making him exactly the type of big man a college coach would love to have.
Gathers is a couple of inches undersized for a prototypical power forward, which is why recruiting analysts don't seem to be unanimously in love with him—he's only ranked in the 30-40 range at the moment. There are plenty of players his size in the NBA, though, so that obviously wouldn't automatically rule him out.
If Gathers can show that he can continue to dominate other players his age as he makes the transition to the college level, he probably won't stay at St. John's for very long.
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