Gates Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week

Feb. 9, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After helping the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team to a 93-83 victory over Notre Dame and a 64-62 overtime triumph over Georgetown last week, freshman Yancy Gates (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow) was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday, Feb. 9.

Gates becomes one of four BIG EAST freshmen to win Rookie of the Week honors multiple times this season, joining Louisville's Samardo Samuels, Georgetown's Greg Monroe, and Rutgers' Mike Rosario.

The Cincinnati native averaged 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and shot 52.4 percent from the field last week, while also averaging 1.5 blocks per game and 1.0 steal per contest. Against Notre Dame, Gates scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 21 minutes of action, before scoring 11 points and corralling eight rebounds at Georgetown.

On the season, Gates is UC's second leading scorer and leading rebounder, averaging 10.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg.

The Bearcats play three of their next four games at home beginning with a 7:30 p.m. contest vs. St. John's on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The game will be televised on