Reece Gaines

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Reece Gaines
Reece Gaines.jpg
Gaines in 2005.
Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Position Assistant coach
League Ohio Valley Conference
Personal information
Born (1981-01-07) January 7, 1981 (age 36)
Madison, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Madison West
(Madison, Wisconsin)
College Louisville (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career 2003–2012
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
Number 22, 4, 34
Coaching career 2012–present
Career history
As player:
2003–2004 Orlando Magic
2004–2005 Houston Rockets
2005–2006 Milwaukee Bucks
2006–2007 Angelico Biella
2007 Armani Jeans Milano
2007–2008 Benetton Treviso
2008–2009 Angelico Biella
2009–2010 Bakersfield Jam
2010 Peristeri
2010 Texas Legends
2010–2011 JA Vichy
2012 Fürstenfeld Panthers
2012 Guaros de Lara
As coach:
2012–2015 Bellarmine (asst.)
2015–present Eastern Kentucky (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

Clifton Reece Gaines (born January 7, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University.

High school and college career[edit]

Gaines, a 6'6", 205 lb (1.98 m, 93 kg) shooting guard, played high school basketball at Madison West in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. He then played four years at University of Louisville, earning AP All-America 3rd team honors his senior season while leading the Cardinals to a 25-7 win-loss record. He's considered one of the best all-time shooting guards for the Louisville Cardinal basketball program. He ranks among the top-five Louisville leaders in made three-point field goals (225), free throws (456), and assists (475).[1][2] Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat once called Reece Gaines "the best college basketball player he ever faced".[3][4]

NBA career[edit]

Gaines was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the first round (15th overall) of the 2003 NBA draft and signed with the club on July 18, 2003. He spent one season on the bench in Orlando (1.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 38 games) before being traded to the Houston Rockets (along with Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard and Tyronn Lue) in exchange for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato.[5]

Gaines played ten games with the Rockets (2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.3 assists per game), spending the majority of his time on the injured list. He was traded again on February 24, 2005 (with two future second-round picks) to the Milwaukee Bucks for Mike James and Zendon Hamilton.[6] Gaines saw even less playing time with the Bucks during the second half of the 2004–05 season, playing a total of 79 minutes (1.4 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists) in 11 games. Gaines playing time decreased even more with the Bucks in the 2005–06 season, appearing in 12 games, and playing 52 minutes (1.1 points, no rebounds, 0.3 assists).

International career[edit]

In 2006, he moved to Italy where he played for Angelico Biella, Armani Jeans Milano and Benetton Treviso. In 2009, he joined the Bakersfield Jam, with whom he averaged 14.3 points and 4.0 assists per game. In December 2010 he signed with JA Vichy in France.[7] In January 2012 Gaines signed a 30-day contract with the Fürstenfeld Panthers in Austria.[8] On February 2, 2012, the Panthers announced that the contract with Gaines would not be extended.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2012, Gaines was hired as an assistant coach at Bellarmine University.[10]


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