Welcome Davonte "Ticket" Gaines

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not that there's anything wrong with that seinfeld GIF by myLAB Box


@GMUSSTN and @gmutom will very much appreciate the timing and placement of this haha.
 

Mason2005

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Ticket will be just fine in the A10. Seeing his length up close and in person is a sight to behold. Look forward to seeing him in action.
 

Herndon

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So, if he's going to be an effective 3 point shooter, that's a WHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLE different animal, right there.

a 6'7 guys who defends 4 position and rebounds well for a wing but can't score at all is a piece.

a 6'7 guy who defends 4 positions, rebounds well for a wing, and can be an effective zero-dribble shooter is a KEY piece.

That's a guy you can sic on the other teams best scorer and not feel like you're sacrificing on the other end of the floor.

That's the difference between a deep scrub and Bruce Bowen.
 

Pablo

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"He answers to the nickname of 'Ticket.' Someone attached it to Davonte Gaines when he was a young basketball star in Buffalo, in recognition of his wondrous skills and ability to turn any game, any possession, into a show, a hoop event.

But last year at Tennessee, Gaines was like an unused ticket, tossed into the back of the dresser drawer. As a sophomore at a Power Five school, he fell to the bottom of the Vols’ depth chart, overtaken by a couple of elite freshmen one-and-dones who would stay for one year and jump to the NBA. "

"Ticket has finally arrived as a junior at George Mason. The 6-7 lefty guard is averaging 11.1 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds a game in 29.1 minutes for the Patriots, who are 6-5 after a big win last Saturday at Georgia of the SEC.

Gaines is shooting the way he did when he was dazzling the high school crowds at Health Sciences, where he was first-team all-Western New York in 2018. As of Monday, he was shooting 53.6 percent from the floor, 51.6 from three-point range, and 82.1 percent from the foul line.

It would take hours to analyze all 350 Division I schools, but English has a point. There can’t be more than a handful of players in the country, transfers or otherwise, with those kind of shooting numbers."

"Gaines has another familiar role: Leader. That’s a quality that appealed to English, a former Missouri star getting his first head job. He had observed Ticket in difficult circumstances and been impressed with how he handled himself. He called Gaines a 'protector of his teammates at Tennessee.'”

"Gaines knew all about the violence. When he was 14, he was playing basketball in Roosevelt Park when a fight broke out. Gaines ran and was grazed by a gunshot in his left wrist. His friend Raymond Patterson, also 14, died after being shot in the back while attempting to flee. Joseph Gant was later convicted of second-degree murder and attempted murder in the shootings.

Ticket has a tiny scar below his wrist where the bullet grazed him, a ready reminder of how precious life can be, and how lucky he is to be alive and playing ball."

"Life could be snatched from you in an instant. Ticket was shaken last week when he found out his mother had been in a serious auto accident.

'She’s doing good,' he said. 'She was in the hospital for awhile. She just came home, chilling out with my brothers.'”

“'I couldn’t spell rebuild if you asked me to,' English said. 'It’s not in our DNA. We’re going to try to put a roster together every season that we think can compete in every game and for championships. That’s just our mindset. We do it in recruiting. We do it in the culture that we cultivate every day.'"
 

psyclone

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Kenpom has around 16-17 stat categories where they indicate the top 500 Division 1 players in each.

Ticket is listed in 10 categories and is in the top 100 in 5 of those 10:

effective fg% (44th)
total shooting %-includes free throws (16)
ft rate (80)
3pt % (21)
offense rating (16)

Josh is cited 9 times for being in the top 500, but only one of those is in the top 100--effective fg% (92).
XJ is the only other Mason player in the top 100 in any of the categories. Assist rate (88)
 

GMU79

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"He answers to the nickname of 'Ticket.' Someone attached it to Davonte Gaines when he was a young basketball star in Buffalo, in recognition of his wondrous skills and ability to turn any game, any possession, into a show, a hoop event.

But last year at Tennessee, Gaines was like an unused ticket, tossed into the back of the dresser drawer. As a sophomore at a Power Five school, he fell to the bottom of the Vols’ depth chart, overtaken by a couple of elite freshmen one-and-dones who would stay for one year and jump to the NBA. "

"Ticket has finally arrived as a junior at George Mason. The 6-7 lefty guard is averaging 11.1 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds a game in 29.1 minutes for the Patriots, who are 6-5 after a big win last Saturday at Georgia of the SEC.

Gaines is shooting the way he did when he was dazzling the high school crowds at Health Sciences, where he was first-team all-Western New York in 2018. As of Monday, he was shooting 53.6 percent from the floor, 51.6 from three-point range, and 82.1 percent from the foul line.

It would take hours to analyze all 350 Division I schools, but English has a point. There can’t be more than a handful of players in the country, transfers or otherwise, with those kind of shooting numbers."

"Gaines has another familiar role: Leader. That’s a quality that appealed to English, a former Missouri star getting his first head job. He had observed Ticket in difficult circumstances and been impressed with how he handled himself. He called Gaines a 'protector of his teammates at Tennessee.'”

"Gaines knew all about the violence. When he was 14, he was playing basketball in Roosevelt Park when a fight broke out. Gaines ran and was grazed by a gunshot in his left wrist. His friend Raymond Patterson, also 14, died after being shot in the back while attempting to flee. Joseph Gant was later convicted of second-degree murder and attempted murder in the shootings.

Ticket has a tiny scar below his wrist where the bullet grazed him, a ready reminder of how precious life can be, and how lucky he is to be alive and playing ball."

"Life could be snatched from you in an instant. Ticket was shaken last week when he found out his mother had been in a serious auto accident.

'She’s doing good,' he said. 'She was in the hospital for awhile. She just came home, chilling out with my brothers.'”

“'I couldn’t spell rebuild if you asked me to,' English said. 'It’s not in our DNA. We’re going to try to put a roster together every season that we think can compete in every game and for championships. That’s just our mindset. We do it in recruiting. We do it in the culture that we cultivate every day.'"
Didn't English steal that quote from DP?
 

psyclone

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Ticket is shooting 48.9% behind the arc:

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A look at 3-point shooting for @A10MBB players this season. On this chart we see the % of the player's total field goal attempts are from 3 and their 3-Pt %. There is also the trend line that shows how 3-Pt % moves among these players as the % of shots a player takes from 3.

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1:42 PM · Jan 25, 2022·Tweet
He's 24th nationally on that stat and 14th in Kenpom"s "total shooting %" (includes ft's as well as 2's and 3's)
 

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