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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

Stanley Gaines

        Class of                        2002
        School                          Providence St Mel HS, IL
        Height and Weight               6'6  190lbs
        Position                        Wing Forward
        99-00 Ratings                   #19 (BP)
                                        #4 small forward (SHOW)
        98-99 Ratings                   #1 (HS), #1 (RO)
        Academically Eligible           
        Status                          University of Minnesota


Player News · Game Stats · Season Stats · Honors · Schedule

Current Player News

9-27-01...Providence - St. Mel (IL) forward Stanley Gaines has verballed to Minnesota.

7-19-01...According to Prep Stars, Gaines says Purdue and Seton Hall have offered him, with Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan, and UConn among his favorites at the moment. Gaines also mentions he'd like to see more schools get involved, particularly Florida and North Carolina.

6-21-01...Roy and Harv have an update on Stanley Gaines from Providence-St. Mel (IL). Gaines lists his two leaders as Marquette and Purdue, with Seton Hall, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa State, and Florida still in contact. Gaines will be attending the Adidas Camp in Teaneck (NJ).

5-22-01...Tobie Smith had an update on Stan Gaines. Purdue is still listed by Providence-St. Mel (IL) forward Stan Gaines, along with Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Seton Hall, and Marquette.

5-16-01...Some new pre-summer rankings for the top 100 players in the junior class from Brick Oettinger have been published. Stanley Gaines is ranked #97.

5-3-01...A list of the top players by position in the Class of 2002 is up at ESPN, written by Recruiting USA's Mark Mayemura. Chris Hunter was rated as a top center and power forward. Providence-St. Mel's Stanley Gaines was named a top small forward.

12-15-00...Former walk-on Boilermaker guard Tim Ervin in being praised in an article in the Chicago Tribune. He is now the head coach of Providence-St. Mel and hopes to make St. Mel a power in the boys basketball tournament. Prospect Stanley Gaines, a 6-foot-7 forward is also mentioned in the article. More

2-20-00...Former walkon guard Tim Ervin was also back in Mackey with a couple of his high school players, including 6'3 junior Levar Seals and 6'7 sophomore Stan Gaines. Both players play for Providence-St. Mel and are pegged as high Division I recruits. Seals rates as the best junior guard in the state of Illinois, and Gaines was named a high honorable mention all-american this year by Street and Smith.

10-18-99...Over on the MidWestHoops site, a listing of the nation's top 50 sophomores has three Indiana kids and an Illinois prospect. Chicago Providence-St. Mel's Stanley Gaines comes in at #16, followed by the three Indiana kids...Ben Davis' Greg Stone at #22, Bloomington's Sean May at #26 and Lafayette's Tyler Best at #39.

9-9-98...Clark Francis has named Stan Gaines as his top player for the Class of 2000.

8-31-98...GJ King from Recruiter Online talked with Chicago freshman Stanley Gaines, a 6'6 forward heralded as one of the best players in the nation in his class. In this interview at the Phenom Camp, Gaines identifies the early favorites as Syracuse and Purdue.

5-28-98...We caught a glimpse of the Spiece freshman-to-be squad at the Memorial Day Run N' Slam tournament in Merrillville this weekend. With the senior and junior brackets finishing up before the tournament seeding, we walked around and looked at some of the younger kids in the sophomore-to-be bracket. We were surprised to see Kristof Kendrick, son of Boiler assistant Frank Kendrick, getting ready for a game. Being an 8th grader, we didn't expect him to be playing in a sophomore-to-be bracket. But he was, along with a team full of 8th graders. Kendrick played for Spiece Gym Rats South Stars, featuring a ton of young talent. Spiece South faced Team Sports Concepts at 4:30pm, what would be the first game of the evening that was too controlled by the officials. I'm not normally one to whine about the officiating, but this was one of two games this weekend that featured horrible officials who for some odd reason decided to influence the outcome of the games. We only had the roster for Spiece, so info on TSC is rather sketchy. We do know that a kid named Young on TSC has some great potential, possessing good size and a wide body. His game reminded me of a younger version of Brett Buscher. The roster for Spiece South included #35 Greg Stone, #44 Jason Bell, #25 Kevin Jones, #54 Parnell Smith, #33 Stan Gaines, #50 Ryan Potter, #10 Corey Cobbs and #32 Kristof Kendrick. The game deadlocked at 18 after the first quarter of play. Spiece was led in the quarter by Stan Gaines, who popped two threes at the start of the game. Interior play was physical, which would eventually send both Young and Stone to the bench early. Taking up the slack was Jason Bell, who used his strength to aggressively rebound against a very good rebounding opponent. The second quarter saw a glimpse of what was to come from 5'9 guard Kevin Jones. Jones ran the break and pulled up for an NBA three-pointer that got nothing but net. Running the show for Spiece most of the game was 5'3 speedster Corey Cobbs. Cobbs scored twice on what would become his signature play, taking the ball from the top of the key, curling down the right side of the lane, and putting up a floating jumper that ALWAYS went in. TSC did not have a guard that could contain Cobbs, who slashed his way to 15 points in the game. 6'2 Kristof Kendrick started slowly, hitting a mid-range jumper for his only two points of the game. Kendrick's instincts seem to be good, but he gets himself in trouble when he has time to think. He showed an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time in the game defensively, but bricked a handful of threes during the game. Nice shot, but needs practice, practice, practice. His passing needs to get crisper, as well as his habit of throwing lazy passes over the top. Gets himself in good defensive position, playing a mixture of shooting guard and wing forward in the game. He also fell back to defend the left post in the triangle-and-two. TSC pulled ahead 36-33 at the half, with Young shooting for close to 10 in the first half. No one player really stood out in the first half, but Gaines and Cobbs led the team with 6 points each. The second half would establish Kevin Jones as a premier shooter. In the third quarter, Jones had 14 of his team's 20 points. Bell and Stone were the only other Spiece players to score in the quarter. Jones hit 4 threes, two of which were shot 6 feet outside the arc. Greg Stone managed two steals in the final two minutes of the quarter, one of which he took in for an uncontested layup and the other he had to heave at the buzzer. Spiece led by one at the start of the fourth, 52-51. Cobbs started the fourth quarter with his signature play, burning TSC with it on consecutive possessions. After a Kendrick miss from the perimeter with pressure in his face, Cobbs came down on the next possession and burned TSC again with his signature play... always to the right...always making the shot. Two plays later, Cobbs decided to go left this time, missing the shot which was eventually cleaned up by Jason Bell. TSC reinserted Young after the Cobbs run, and TSC led again by 5 with 2 minutes remaining. Young is the focus of the TSC offense, and is frankly unstoppable at this age level. At this point, the officiating got really strange. One of the referees called a technical on one of the Spiece players. We never figured out what exactly happened, but it led to a 5 minute delay. Jones slashed to the basket and pulled up for a 12-footer, which was stuffed by Young. The referee called a jump ball, even though the contact was brief. Jump ball call #1. After a 1:25 of argument over the poor call, TSC got the ball on alternate possession. Spiece was able to tie up the ball on the other end, forcing the second jump ball call and gaining possession. At the :44 mark, TSC's guard Snyder was fouled, regaining a five point cushion at 74-69. Spiece put the ball in the hands of Kevin Jones in the final seconds. Fouled on a three-point attempt, Jones cooly went to the line an hit three freethrows, 74-72 TSC. TSC came back an missed the next attempt. Jason Bell grabbed the rebound in the air with a TSC player, but Bell clearly came down with the ball and started the ball upcourt. However, the ref again decided the brief dual control deserved the third jump ball call of the final two minutes, possession back to TSC. The two teams each threw the ball away in the next two series, leading up to yet another tie-up and the fourth jump ball call, possession to Spiece. Spiece finally tied the game with :17 remaining, 74-74. Cobbs and Jones rushed TSC guard Snyder at midcourt and forced a travel with :10 left. Jones came down for the game-winner, but missed. All alone under the basket was Jason Bell, who jumped up for the rebound and came down on his back. Absolutely no defender was within four feet of him, and somehow TSC was called for fouling Bell with :00 on the clock. Spiece hit the freethrow for the one point win, 75-74 Spiece. The game was pathetically influenced in the last two minutes by the refs, one of which should never be allowed on a basketball court again. The worst calling I had seen... until the very next game when another offical decided to call 5 technical fouls in one game. Players of the game for TSC were Young and Snyder. Spiece had a few standouts. Kevin Jones led Spiece with 25 points (4 2PT, 5 3PT, 2 FT), followed by Cobbs with 15 (7 2PT, 1 FT) and Stan Gaines with 12 (3 2PT, 2 3PT). Defensive players of the game were Young for TSC, and Kendrick and Cobbs (who really turned up the pressure in the 4th) for Spiece.

Single Game Statistics

DATE       MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS
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11-27-99                                      14 Won 82- Paris 59
05-28-99       5              2               12 Won 75- Team Sports AAU 74


Season to Date Statistics

Season thru      PPG  FG%  FT%  3P%  RPG APG SPG BPG  RECORD RANK
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Awards and Honors

99-00 season    All-American High Honorable Mention (Street & Smith)
98-99 season    All-State Honorable Mention (USA TODAY)


1999-00 Season Schedule for St Mel

Date        Day     Time      Opponent
----        ---     ----      --------------------
11/24/99    TUE     TBA    L  Danville Tournament
11/26/99    THR     TBA    W  Danville Tournament (vs Peoria Manual)
11/27/99    FRI     TBA    W  Danville Tournament (vs Paris)
11/28/99 ** SAT   12:00P   L  Blue Cross Classic (vs Whitney Young)
12/04/99    SAT    7:30P   W  @ Aurora Christian
12/11/99    SAT    5:30P      Chicago Hoop Showcase (vs Westinghouse)
12/12/99    SUN    2:00P      Hoops In The Loop (vs Crane)
12/18/99    SAT    7:30P      Prosser
12/20/99    MON     TBA       BOE Tournament
  thru
12/23/99    THR     TBA       BOE Tournament
12/27/99    MON     TBA       Proviso West Tournament
  thru
12/30/99    THR     TBA       Proviso West Tournament
01/07/00    FRI    7:30P      Manley
01/14/00    FRI    7:30P      Madison West
01/15/00    SAT    7:30P      Proviso Shootout (vs Lincoln Park)
01/16/00    SUN    2:00P      Bragging Rights Shootout (vs Morgan Park)
01/22/00    SAT    7:30P      @ New Trier
01/28/00    FRI    7:30P      St. Anne
01/29/00    SAT    7:30P      Julian
02/05/99    SAT    7:45P      St. Louis Challenge (vs Ritter)
02/06/99    SUN    2:00P      St. Louis Challenge (vs Vashon)
02/12/00    SAT    7:30P      Waukegan
02/19/00    SAT    7:30P      @ Indianapolis Broad Ripple
02/22/00    TUE     TBA       Regional
03/01/00    WED     TBA       Sectional
03/09/00    THR     TBA       Super Sectional
03/12/00 ** SUN     TBA       State Finals

(**) Televised games
Schedule accurate according to Providence fax on 10/27/99
Subject to change


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