Winthrop men’s basketball coach Pat Kelsey announced the signing of graduate transfer Jimmy Gavin.
The 6-foot-3 guard out of Arlington Heights, Ill., graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this spring and will immediately begin the process of applying to graduate school at Winthrop. Gavin’s availability for the upcoming season will be based on waiver requests to extend his five-year clock to six years and the graduate transfer requirement.
Gavin’s journey in life includes a struggle with Crohn’s disease in high school, as well as personal tragedy, and has overcome both to achieve some of his goals in basketball. He aspires to play professionally.
“Jimmy Gavin’s story is simply remarkable,” said Kelsey. “He is one of those young men that you meet and you walk away feeling that you want to buy stock in his future.”
Gavin was a two-time All-Conference Selection in the Great Lakes Valley Conference as well as being named to the Midwest Region All-District team. This past season he was named to the first team after averaging 17.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 30 games. He scored double-figures in 28 of the 30 games he played, including a career-high 40 points in an overtime win at Illinois Springfield on Feb. 21. In addition to the 40-point game, Gavin had eight games with 20 or more points. Gavin made second team All-GLVC in his first season with the Rangers as he was second on the team with 16 points per game in 30 games with just four starts.
In his two-year career at UW-Parkside, Gavin scored over 1,000 points as he averaged 16.7 points while shooting 49 percent from the field, 38 percent from three and 77 percent from the foul line. He also averaged 3.1 assists and totaled 73 steals. UW-Parkside was 49-11 in his two seasons and the team was ranked in the Top 10 nationally in arguably the best NCAA Division II conference (GLVC) in the country.
Eagles hope to push 10-game Big South streak: The Eagles look to finish off the season on a winning note and battle for their final Big South ranking with a three-game series against Longwood. Games are scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. The teams have only met four times with Winthrop leading the series 3-1.
Winthrop (35-17, 13-8) is currently on a 10-game conference winning streak, sweeping its last three series. It is fourth in the overall ranks, one game ahead of High Point and two games behind Liberty. The Eagles have secured a place in the conference tournament next week, but need all three wins to secure the fourth place spot. Senior Brad Kaczka continues to lead the Eagles’ offense with a .356 batting average while sophomore and Big South Player of the Week Babe Thomas is on a team high six game hitting streak, including two home runs last week. Sam Kmiec, Matt Crohan and Josh Strong have established themselves in the weekend rotation this season with the three pitchers combining for a 3.20.
The Lancers (21-29, 9-12) have also locked up a place in the conference tournament this week but are also fighting for their final position. They are currently tied for seventh with Charleston Southern and are one game behind sixth place Campbell. Longwood has won just two out of its last eight games, with the two wins coming against Gardner-Webb this weekend. Connar Bastaich leads the team in batting average (.332) while Kyri Washington has driven home a team high 45 runs.