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Furman Basketball Inks William Gates Jr. To National Letter Of Intent

Niko Medved
Niko Medved

Greenville, S.C. – William Gates Jr., a standout at Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas, has inked a national letter of intent to join the Furman Men's Basketball program for the 2013-14 season, it was announced on Thursday by Paladin head coach Niko Medved.

"We are very excited to add Will to our program," said Medved.  "Will is the entire package. He is a first class kid, a good student and has a knack for scoring the basketball. We believe that he can make an immediate impact at Furman."

Gates, a guard, earned Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-State honors as a senior.  He also garnered San Antonio Express-News All-City and newcomer of the year honors after helping Clemens to a 25-11 record and second round playoff appearance just a year after the school managed only seven wins.

"Will Gates is a tremendous young man from a great family," said Clifton Ellis, the head coach at Clemens High School.  "He is everything you want in a student-athlete, including a desire to want to grow as a person and student, along with the ability and willingness to want to be coached as a player."

"William is a player that can hurt defenders using his jump shot, or by getting to the basket," said Blue Zertuche or  "He plays under control on the offensive side of the ball and understands how to play.  He had a great defensive minded coach at Schertz Clemens high school, and learned how to play a well rounded game under coach Cliff Ellis."

The 6-foot-2 Gates averaged 24 points and six rebounds per game this past season and is scheduled to play in the prestigious TABC All-Star game on May 17.

Originally from Chicago, Ill., Gates is the son of William Gates Sr., who was one of two Chicago-area basketball stars featured in the 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams".