Tennessee Lands 2019 Forward Davonte Gaines

Davonte Gaines Tennessee

Davonte Gaines, the 6-foot-6 small forward from High School (NY) For Health Careers and Sciences, announced his commitment to Tennessee on Saturday via Twitter. Gaines received an offer from Tennessee earlier this month (June 17).

“I think we could have something special and be very successful,” said Gaines in a statement released on Twitter. “After discussing with my family and coach, I am proud to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career and commit to the University of Tennessee.”

247Sports has Gaines listed as a four-star recruit. Gaines is the first commit in the Vols 2019 class. He held offers from Buffalo, Rhode Island, Canisius, Hampton, Kent State, Monmouth and Niagra before committing. He was also receiving interest from Syracuse.

“Tennessee is a high-major program and I feel like Coach [Rick] Barnes and the whole coaching staff, everybody, will put me in the right position to be successful,” Gaines told 247Sports. “They saw potential.  I wasn’t really sure what kind of player I was, so Tennessee, they told me they see potential, that I can be a great player down the road.”

Gaines, who is from Buffalo, NY,  was recruited by Tennessee assistant coaches Rob Lanier and Des Oliver are both Buffalo native, but Gaines said there was no previous relationship before the recruiting process began.

“I just met Coach (Lanier) this year,” Gaines said. “So there wasn’t any previous connection. Once I met him, he had been checking in on me and invited me to the camps. I just went down there and played my game.”

Gaines participated in a Vols basketball camp — his first at a major conference school — a couple weeks ago in Knoxville. Before committing, Gaines attended a basketball camp at Rhode Island last weekend, receiving an offer from the Rams, before announcing his decision Saturday.

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