Three years after leading Austin High School to the Class 3A state championship game, Both Gach has added his name to the list of former Minnesota prep stars declaring for the NBA Draft.
Gach told 247Sports that he's not hiring an agent, meaning he can gain valuable feedback during the NBA Draft process and then choose to go forward with the draft or return the University of Utah for his junior season.
He joins Daniel Oturu (Gophers), McKinley Wright IV (Colorado), Tre Jones (Duke), Zeke Nnaji (Arizona) and Tyrell Terry (Stanford) as former Minnesota standouts who have declared for the draft. Like Gach, Wright has yet to hire an agent and could still return to Colorado.
Fun fact: Four of the six won a state championship while in Minnesota, with Wright finishing runner-up with a Champlin Park team that finished 31-1, losing in the state title game to Jones and Apple Valley, in 2017.
- Oturu won a title with Cretin-Derham Hall over Jones and Apple Valley in 2018.
- Terry won three straight titles with DeLaSalle.
- Nnaji helped Hopkins win the state title in 2019.
- Gach and Austin lost to DeLaSalle and Terry in the 2017 title game.
Gach averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists as as sophomore guard at Utah.
Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo told the Salt Lake Tribune that Gach is "not close to NBA-ready and will need to show he does more than just score moving forward."
The NBA Draft process will likely see the novel coronavirus crisis force the cancellation of the NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago, and has limited teams from seeing players workout in person, much less ask them to go through a draft workout via a live video feed.