One of the most ferocious rebounders in the history of the America East Conference and the University of Vermont. One of the most intense players on the court.
Yet, as former UVM head coach Tom Brennan will tell you, Trevor Gaines was one of the most “loving, gentle and giving” people off of the court.
Gaines, a two time captain for the Catamounts during his four year career (1998-2002) in Burlington and one of only six players in school history to score over 1,000 points and grab over 800 rebounds, tragically passed away in the summer of 2010. He was playing picked up basketball when he collapsed and never regained consciousness.
UVM will honor Gaines by retiring his No. 45 jersey before tomorrow’s game against Iona at Patrick Gym. He will be the third Catamount to have his number retired joining Kevin Roberson’s No. 33 and Eddie Benton’s No. 10.
Gaines ranks 12th all-time on the America East career rebounding list with 880.
CatamounTV produced a retrospective on Gaines with interviews from Brennan and current UVM coach, John Becker.
In other Vermont basketball related news, Marqus Blakely participated in Houston Rockets’ media day festivities. The former Catamount was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about only having a limited time to prove himself with the lockout-shortened preseason. Read what the former two-time conference player of the year had to say, here.
How about a little lacrosse news for you? After helping lead Hartford to its first men’s lacrosse conference title last spring, Tim Fallon was picked up in the Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft by the Rochester Rattlers. Fallon was a two-time All-American as a face-off specialist. The Rattlers break down their supplemental draft.
Basketball resumes tomorrow after a brief hiatus for final exams. For the full schedule and all of the live coverage links check out AmericaEast.com.