BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of Vermont men's basketball team will retire former Catamount Trevor Gaines' No. 45 this season prior to the Iona game on December 17. Gaines passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2010 at the age of 29.
Gaines was playing pick-up basketball in Las Vegas, where he resided, when he collapsed and never regained consciousness. A 6-7 forward and native of Farmington Hills, Mich., he was a two-time captain and had an outstanding career with the Catamounts (1998-2002).
In 2002, his final year at Vermont, Gaines was a key to the Catamounts winning a then school-record 21 Division I games and leading UVM to its first-ever America East Regular Season Championship. Gaines finished his career scoring 1,255 points, ranking 13th all-time at Vermont, and collected 880 rebounds, good for third among UVM's career rebounders.
"I feel this will be a great way to honor a former Catamount who helped build the program into what it is today," said Vermont head coach John Becker. "From all the stories I have heard he was everything that you would want in a student-athlete and someone who made the University proud."
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