Owls Add to 2022-23 Incoming Class with Isaiah Gaines

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Head coach Dusty May and Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball continue to add to the 2022-23 roster, announcing the signing of junior college forward Isaiah Gaines on Monday.

The 6-7, 225-pound Gaines currently suits up for Northwest Mississippi Community College, and the freshman has started all four games for the 4-0 Rangers. Through his first four JUCO matchups, he is averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and is shooting 66.7 percent from the field (16-of-24). He is fourth in scoring, third in rebounding, second with 13 assists, and leads the Rangers with five blocked shots.

Originally hailing from Pensacola, Gaines put up a line of 15.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks his senior year at Pensacola High School, while tallying 12 double-doubles. He ranked among the top five in the state in blocked shots, was a Second Team Class 4A All-State selection and was named 2021 District 1 and Florida Panhandle Player of the Year. He led his Tigers squad to a district championship and regional semifinal appearance, and a 20-3 overall record.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Isaiah Gaines to the FAU basketball family,” said May. “Isaiah is a versatile forward with the ability to excel on both ends of the floor with his length and athleticism. He comes from a respected high school program and junior college, and we feel his skillset is a perfect fit for our style of play.”

Gaines joins Brenen Lorient, whose signing was announced on Nov. 12, as the first two new members of the Owls’ program for next fall.

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