“I picked St. John’s because of the coaching staff and I liked the way Coach [Steve] Lavin communicated with me throughout the process,” the Louisiana native told ESPN.com.
“A year ago he was recruiting me and I didn’t think much of it,” added the 6’7, 245-pound big man, “until I saw how they played on television and how much success they were having.”
Gathers is the first St. John’s commit in the class of 2012 and is the first player Lavin landed since he reeled in the number three recruiting class in the country in the class of 2011. The Johnnies are going after a couple more top 50 prospects in the class of 2012 including point guard Kyle Anderson (#22) and power forward Amile Jefferson (#11). Gathers provides the Red Storm with some much needed size and strength down low since they’re loaded at the wing and have a good number of guards but have few big men. His best quality is clearly his rebounding where he led all Nike EYBL participants with an average of 12 a game. He was also second in scoring at the EYBL with over 20 points per game.
Here’s an excerpt from our evaluation of Gathers and why we think he’ll be a perfect fit:
Gathers is one of the most powerful players in the class of 2012 regardless of position and has good athleticism for a power forward. He is a rebounding machine who is very tough and will be able to take the beating night in and night out during Big East play. He is also an extremely good finisher and is very quick for his size. However, he needs to improve his outside shooting since at 6’7,” he is a little small for the power forward position.
You can also check out his highlight tape below: