Steve Hare from the Kent Sports Report was the first to report today that athletic Chicago native Eric Gaines has verbally committed to play for the Golden Flashes men’s basketball program and become a part of the 2010 recruiting class. "I know one of the assistant coaches went to Hillcrest (former Flashes guard Armon Gates)," Gaines told KSR from an article back on July 16. "Also, they've won their conference a few times in the last few years." Playing at Hillcrest High School last season, Gaines averaged 13 points a game, three rebounds and three assists a game. Gaines reportedly had scholarship offers from Southern Methodist, Wright State, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, DePaul and Western Illinois with several other schools showing interest. Gaines knows what he must improve on as he goes forward. "I need to get my jump shot going," Gaines said. "I need to get in the weight room and work on my jumper." Gaines joins forwards Kenny Knight from Cincinnati and Mark Henniger from Massillon Jackson in the 2010 recruiting class.
6-4, 180 pounds
Hillcrest High School (Englewood, Illinois)
Verbally commits to 2010 Kent State recruiting class