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Brevard Community College center Gary Gaskins plans to visit FAU this week. (Brevard Community College Photo)

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Gary Gaskins, a 6-10 center from Brevard Community College, who holds offers from Oklahoma and Arkansas is visiting FAU this weekend.

Originally published on 8/29/2012

by Chuck King

When FAU football opens its season against Wagner on Friday, the biggest news surrounding FAU athletics might have nothing to do with what happens on the field.

Instead, check out who is watching from the stands.

Gary Gaskins, a 6-foot-10 center from Brevard Community College who already holds basketball offers from Oklahoma and Arkansas, will be making his official visit to FAU beginning on Thursday intent on seeing whether Mike Jarvis' program could provide his next home.

"He's actually very serious, and for FAU to get a visit is absolutely a testament to how hard [assistant coach] Tim Kaine has worked," Brevard coach Jeremy Schulman said.

Gaskins, too, named Kaine as being a major reason he wants to see what FAU has to offer.

"The staff, they have been talking to me for a while - they built that relationship. That's one reason I feel comfortable with FAU," Gaskins said.

A late bloomer, Gaskins joined the military after graduating high school in South Carolina. Following his discharge, Gaskins moved to Orlando, where a friend ultimately introduced him to Shulman.

As a freshman Gaskins averaged 5.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 16 minutes of play while sharing time with two teammates who went on to sign with Division I schools. Shulman's description of Gaskins' style of play evokes memories of former FAU center and Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year Brett Royster - though Gaskins' offensive skills appear to be much further advanced.

"He's 6-10. He's very long. He's very athletic. He flat out jumps out of the gym," Shulman said. "He can make a mid-range jump shot but has to work on his back-to-the-basket game."

Gaskins hasn't decided whether he will sign during the early signing period or wait until the spring to make his choice. He already has a trip to Marshall planned following the FAU visit, with a visit to Oklahoma also in the works. UAB, Minnesota, Tennessee and Coastal Carolina are also in the mix.

"This is my first ever Division I college visit," Gaskins said of his trip to Boca Raton. "I'm really looking forward to it."

 

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