Career headlines: ◊ Played in 126 games during his career with the Bulldogs, including 94 starts. ◊ Completed his collegiate career with 1,324 points, which then ranked No. 19 among Georgia’s all-time scoring leaders. ◊ Among Georgia’s career leaders, ranked No. 4 in both 3-pointers made (213) and 3-pointers attempted (569). ◊ Set the UGA modern record for percentage of points accounted for by a single player in a game when he scored 35 of the Bulldogs’ 63 points (55.6 percent) against Murray State on Nov. 20, 2016. Complete records only available dating back to the 1960-61 season.
2015-16 Season Highlights: ◊ Named first-team preseason All-SEC in balloting of league coaches. ◊ Reached double digits in the scoring column in 24 contests, upping his career total to 69. Also recorded six 20-point performances and one 30-point output. ◊ Among UGA’s single-season leaders, produced the No. 3 mark for 3-pointers made (85) and the No. 4 effort for 3-pointers attempted (222). ◊ Ranked No. 21 among the SEC’s scoring leaders at 13.2 ppg, as well as No. 5 in 3-pointers per game (2.6) No. 8 in 3-point percentage (.383). ◊ Named SEC co-Player of the Week on Nov. 23 following his 35-point outburst against Murray State on Nov. 20. ◊ Accounted for 55.6 percent of UGA’s offense in a 63-52 win over the Racers, the highest percentage on record for the Bulldogs dating back to the 1960-61 season. ◊ Against Murray State equaled the No. 6 mark among UGA’s single-game 3-pointers made (7), while also tying the No. 5 tally of 3-pointers attempted (14). ◊ Missed the Winthrop game on Dec. 8 due to a slight knee injury. ◊ Became UGA’s 46th 1,000-point scorer with a 3-pointer with 16:47 left in the first half against Clemson on Dec. 22. Moved into the top-30 versus Arkansas on Jan. 23 and the top-20 against Alabama on March 5.
2014-15 Season Highlights: ◊ Reached double digits in the scoring column 20 times, including a pair of 20-point outbursts. ◊ UGA’s top offensive threat in SEC play at 11.9 ppg and second-leading scorer overall at 11.7 ppg, an amazing feat in itself considering his challenges in gaining sound health. ◊ Equaled or established career highs in virtually every statistic, including 10 rebounds and five assists versus Mercer, four blocks against Troy and three steals versus Minnesota, at Vanderbilt and at Texas A&M. ◊ In stats for league games only, ranked No. 17 scoring (11.9 ppg), as well as No. 6 in both 3-point percentage (.380) and 3-pointers per game (2.1). ◊ Missed only two games despite fighting through three significant setbacks during the season: 1) an illness which caused him to miss nearly all of the preseason before rejoining the team two days before the opener; 2) a sprained left shoulder incurred in the Colorado game Dec. 7; and 3) a foot sprain which forced him to miss the regular-season finale at Auburn and an SEC Tournament date with Arkansas. ◊ Posted his season high of 25 points against Chattanooga in extremely efficient fashion, connecting on 9-of-11 FGs, 5-of-6 3-pointers and 2-of-2 trips to the line. ◊ Sustained a shoulder sprain in the second half of the Colorado game which sidelined him for nearly 10 days during the Final Exams break. ◊ Returned to action to score a game-high 15 points in Georgia’s key non-conference victory over Seton Hall. ◊ Notched his SEC season-high scoring output at Ole Miss with 25 points. ◊ Missed the regular-season finale at Auburn due to a foot sprain but returned against South Carolina...before aggravating the injury during the matchup with the Gamecocks and missing the SEC Tourney semifinal versus Arkansas.
2013-14 Season Highlights: ◊ An Honorable Mention All-SEC selection by the Associated Press. ◊ In SEC play, connected on a league-leading 45.1 percent of his 3-point attempts. ◊ Made his first collegiate start in season-opening win over Wofford. ◊ Posted his highest point totals at South Carolina (27) and at Arkansas (25). ◊ Twice connected from 3-point range six times, including a 6-of-7 effort at LSU. ◊ Red hot over the final five regular-season games, averaging 19.3 ppg (almost twice that of any teammate) and shooting 58 percent from 3-point range.
2012-13 Season Highlights: ◊ Contributions grew steadily throughout his rookie campaign in Athens. ◊ Shot 40 percent from 3-point range during the SEC schedule. ◊ Clutch second-half performer in back-to-back road wins at South Carolina and Tennessee. Scored a season-high 11 points (all in the second half) in Columbia and surpassed in Knoxville, posting 12 (nine after intermission) in 15 MP.
Prep Highlights: ◊ Coached by Tyrone Johnson at Whitefield (pronounced Whit-field). ◊ One of two Georgians tabbed to the 2012 Parade Magazine All-America team. ◊ Named 2011 Class A Player of the Year by the Georgia Sports Writers Association, as well as a first-team All-State honoree by the GSWA as a junior and senior at Whitefield Academy. ◊ Averaged 25.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game as a senior while leading the Wolfpack to a 27-3 record and the Class A state title. ◊ Won the 2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Slam Dunk Contest.
Personal: ◊ Full Name: Kenneth James Gaines, Jr. ◊ Birthdate: Jan. 28, 1994. ◊ Birthplace: Riverdale, Ga. ◊ Major: Housing (graduated in May 2016). ◊ Recipient of the Joel & Wealthy Eaves Athletic Scholarship.