As the sting of losing Romello White to Ole Miss fades, the search for roster help continues. David Sisk of Rivals.com confirmed via Twitter that Vanderbilt was one of numerous schools to contact Utah transfer Both Gach.
Gach, a 6’6” guard who was a sophomore this season, declared for the NBA draft on April 6th. Most experts assumed he would go through the process, gather feedback, and return to Utah for his junior season. Fortunately for the rest of College Hoops, Gach threw a curveball in that plan by telling Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak that he intended to transfer if he withdrew from the draft. Gach’s decision came to fruition Monday when he officially entered the transfer portal.
Gach was considered a late bloomer in high school, rated No. 149 overall and a 4-star recruit from the 2017 class. As the son of South Sudan refugees, he grew up in the working-class town of Austin, MN before finishing his high school career at Chandler Compass Prep in Arizona.
High praise right there.
Gach averaged 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists as a freshman. He improved upon those averages with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists his sophomore season.
In addition to Vanderbilt, a host of other schools have reached out to Gach including Minnesota, Arkansas, Nevada, BYU, Utah State, Auburn, Maryland, Creighton, Illinois, Georgetown, Oregon, New Mexico, DePaul, Gonzaga, USC, and Texas Tech. Gach would have to sit out next season unless granted a waiver by the NCAA.
At this point it’s unknown if there is a presumptive favorite for his services or how seriously the Commodores are in the mix, but The Dore Report will be keeping an eye on this development.