Kaiser Gates (22), an Alpharetta native and graduate of St. Francis High School, worked out with the Cleveland Cavaliers last week. Gates left Xavier a year early to pursue a career in the NBA.
Photo: John Minchillo/AP
Photo: John Minchillo/AP

N. Fulton native works out with Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of NBA Draft

The Cleveland Cavaliers are battling the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals this week, but with the league’s draft just around the corner, the Cavs are also hosting college prospects for pre-draft workouts, getting a look at players who might help them reach the Finals for a fifth straight time next year.

One of the prospects the Cavs hosted last week was Kaiser Gates, a native of Alpharetta and a graduate of St. Francis High School. Gates, 21, worked out for Cleveland on May 28.

Gates left Xavier a year early and signed with an agent in hopes of getting drafted.

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As a junior for the Musketeers, he averaged 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per-game while shooting 37 percent from behind the three-point arc. Xavier earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament this past season, its first in school history.

At St. Francis, Gates played his high school ball with current NBA players Kobi Simmons of the Memphis Grizzlies and Malik Beasley of the Denver Nuggets. He was in the metro Atlanta area recently working out with Simmons.

The 6-foot-8 prospect was not invited to the NBA Combine. Cleveland has pick No. 8 in the June 21 draft. 

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