Former UC forward Yancy Gates will begin his professional career in Lithuania, UC coach Mick Cronin said Thursday.
“He passed up an opportunity to go to camp with the Boston Celtics,” Cronin said, “but because it was a non-guaranteed contract, he decided to go to Lithuania. He’s got guaranteed money. If he goes to Boston, and doesn’t make the team, now somebody else takes the job in Lithuania. He’s got a great contract.”
Cronin said playing in a high-level league in Lithuania could be a path for Gates to eventually make it to the NBA.
“He’s still young,” Cronin said. “He’s 22 years old, so it’s a great opportunity. Many guys have taken that route. It’s a good chance for him to develop as a professional and get some money in the bank.”
Gates was suspended 6 games for the cheap shot (42 second mark of video) that floored Xavier’s Kenny Frease during a game last December.
I’m glad Gates took the money and went to Lithuania. Maybe he’ll mature and develop some professional work habits.
(h/t Slam Online)
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