Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School
What Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller says about York:
“I saw Gabe play a lot over the last two years. He is a very explosive scorer. He can shoot the 3. I think one of the things that is sometimes overlooked in the transition from high school to college is if you can really shoot the ball, the game seems to come easier, the adjustment is a little bit simpler.
“Gabe, I believe, can play some point guard. But his ability to really score and his explosiveness — not just shooting the 3 but getting to the basket — is really exciting. Gabe, especially once he gets bigger and stronger, will be a really gifted scorer for us.”
What York says about Miller:
“Knowing he was from the East, it made me want to play for him. He brings some of that East Coast toughness to the Arizona program. I want to learn that.” (Source: ESPN.com)
–York sounds a bit like Arizona freshman guard Nick Johnson.
“I would say that they are similar in terms of their explosion,” Miller said.
“Nick is bigger and stronger than Gabe. Gabe probably shoots the ball a little more often. He is more of a guy off the ball who uses screens to shoot.
“Nick is maybe more of an explosive driver. Those two guys can be in the backcourt together.”
–ESPN.com’s Paul Biancardi picked York as his breakout player from the July scouting period:
I watched Compton Magic SG Gabe York (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran) drop 46 points on a talented and stacked Indiana Elite team in Indianapolis. York fires up 3s in a confident manner and he can stop on a dime and make them in transition. In pick-and-roll action, he makes his defender pay when he goes under the screen and can hit stare-down jumpers behind the arc. Whenever his team gets an offensive rebound, his teammates would search him out and would quickly get him a shot behind the line. If you get too close and crowd him he will drive it, and he has the savvy to create fouls and score from the free throw line. He has a true scorer’s mentality.
–Jonathan Givony from DraftExpress.com evaluated York this summer.
A bit undersized at around 6-1, and without great length, York doesn’t look like much on first glance, but is a surprisingly good athlete. Quick, explosive and extremely fluid, York can score from anywhere on the floor and has a very natural feel for operating on the court.
First and foremost a tremendous shooter, York elevates high off the ground on his jumper and shows an incredibly quick release, which nullifies his lack of size to a certain degree. Able to come off screens, make shots with his feet set or put the ball on the deck and pull up in the mid-range area, York is always on balance with his jumper and displays tremendous body control for a player his age.
Also capable of creating for himself or others off the bounce, York finishes craftily with both hands around the rim, sometimes with a floater, but in many cases will just go up and hammer home a dunk jumping off one leg. While clearly a scorer, York displays good enough court vision to lead you to believe that he’ll be able to play the point down the road, as he’s an excellent ball-handler and not a selfish player in the least bit–making smart, simple passes with regularity.
Defensively is where York will need to improve the most to earn immediate playing time from Sean Miller at Arizona, particularly if asked to play off the ball and guard players who are much bigger than him. His lack of size and length is a hindrance, but he also lacks some aggressiveness in this area, struggling to fight through screens and not always putting the best effort in like many players his age.
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