School: Charlotte Catholic
Travel Team: BSA Supreme
What Was Recently Said:
Although this roster is armed with several notable shooting threats, Liam Gates is arguably the top marksman on the team. While his raw numbers won't pop-off the page, it's worth noting that the gravity (or general threat of his shooting) he provides is significant. Not only does it force opponents to stay attached, but it also naturally opens up driving lanes for others. Gates is a lethal spot-up threat who knows his role extremely well. Over the season, Gates averaged 4.5 PPG with 42/39/83 shooting splits and a 3.1 AST/TO ratio.
What To Expect:
After seeing the Cougars lose multiple key seniors, it allows for someone like Gates to step into an expanded role. Although he received consistent opportunities last season, it feels like he should be even more involved as a leader during his upcoming senior campaign. Gates is a knockdown shooter and scrappy overall player with an understanding of how to make his presence felt on the court. He moves well without the ball and poses a lethal spot-up threat, but can also attack closeouts, make the extra pass, and create his own shot as needed. Gates provides great energy as a defender and shows a willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. Folks should expect him to take a clear step in production and, in turn, attract various college coaches.