Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard

Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard ETSU Stats

Prior to ETSU: Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard, aka KGG. 6′ 6″ 250 F Georgetown, SC via Roane State

Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard“Kinard is a versatile player that can score the basketball inside and out….He’s also a great passer, can defend multiple positions, and is a good rebounder. We like his skill level and he’s a quality young man. His junior college coach Randy Nesbitt did a great job with him at Roane State.”  ~ Coach Bartow (

“I really think the best is ahead of him…He wasn’t really a scorer when he first came to us, but he’s developed into a guy that can come down and pull a 3-pointer with a defender on him. He’s also been able to post up and score for us. He’s gotten better and better during his time here.” ~Coach Nesbitt (



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6 thoughts on “Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard

  1. This is one of the most intriguing new Bucs. As Bartow said: “Kinard has gotten my attention. He’s a real unusual player. He’s 6-5 and every bit of 250 pounds, but he played some point guard in junior college. He’s very big and very skilled, kind of like Jerald Fields was. He doesn’t have that same bounce, but there’s a similar skill set. He can really handle the ball.”

    ETSU’s two new JUCO players are both strong, physical players. But they have different styles and skills. Harris is longer, bouncier, but probably rawer, with very limited high school basketball experience. The powerful KGG may not have a lot of lift, but he does have skills.

    Both Bartow and his JUCO coach comment on his passing and ball handling, which is borne out by his 3 assist per game average on the JUCO level. A somewhat out-of-date little video snippet of him in high school shows a bit of passing and ballhandling, with one move where he draws contact with his wide body to neutralize a shot blocker and hits a nice little fall away jumper.

    Hunter Harris drew more national attention, with a 2nd team NJCAA All-America pick and a top 100 rating on Juco Recruiting.

    But both Harris and KGG played in the TCCAA. Both made first team all-TCCAA. And it was KGG who got Player of the Year.

    With a player in the 6’5” 250 range, there’s a possibility that he could be a ‘tweener: too small to be a power forward, not athletic enough to be a small forward. But he could also be a matchup nightmare: too powerful to be guarded by a small forward, too skilled to be guarded by a power forward.

    This is one of the guys I can’t wait to see on the floor.

      1. My guess, based on comments of Bartow, his JUCO coach, and the little bit of film, is that he may not have quite the athleticism that Dillion did. But it looks like he’s got more skills, and a wider ranging game.

  2. John D (Bucfaithful) just dug up a recent highlight video of KGG that puts things in a whole new light:!/mail/InboxLight.aspx?mid=f8654234-f55a-11e1-a92b-002264c1cd16&n=34785723

    This shows the full range of skills that Murry was describing in comparing KGG to Mike Smith. And darned if it doesn’t look like Murry is right. KGG DOES have, not only the perimeter range from 3, but the full compliment of clever jump shots inside the arc that will have everybody thinking of Mike Smith as a Junior and Senior.

    I loved Ben Rhoda, but Mike had more size, more range and a wider set of offensive skills. And if KGG can perform like this against D1 competition, so does he.

    He definitely looks like matchup trouble: not many guards will be strong enough to guard him, and not many inside players will be quick enough.

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