Xavier’s Kaiser Gates hires an agent, staying in 2018 NBA Draft

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Xavier junior Kaiser Gates is staying in the 2018 NBA Draft after hiring an agent, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.

The 6-foot-8 Gates is a talented perimeter shooter and solid defender at forward as he averaged 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Gates was inconsistent during his career with the Musketeers, but he shot 37 percent from three-point range this past season as he has good size for a wing shooter.

New Xavier head coach Travis Steele will have a new-look roster after the team lost Gates, Trevon Bluiett, J.P. Macura, Sean O’Mara and Kerem Kanter this offseason. It’ll be interesting to see if Xavier opts for more small-ball looks this season or if they’ll have the size to continue to play that big up front.