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Greensboro, N.C.
high school
The Academy at Smith
other college
Brown University


“The program at Florida State is made for players to succeed.  The coaching staff is great and made me feel like family while I was there. My playstyle fits and translates to their system. Being there will help me expand my game and take it to the next level,” said Jaylan Gainey.


PTS: 25 vs. Columbia (2-26-22)
REBS: 18 at Yale (3-5-22) 
BLKS: 8 vs. Columbia (2-26-22)
STLS: 2 at Dartmouth (3-7-21), vs. Dartmouth (2-5-22)
ASTS: 3 at harvard (1-7-22)
20 Point Games: 2 (25 vs. Columbia, 2-26-22) (20 at Yale, 3-5-22)
10 Rebound Games: 8 (12 at Penn, 2-14-20) (12 at Columbia (2-21-20), (10 at Quinnipiac, 11-28-21), (13 vs. Harvard, 2-4-22), (13 vs. Dartmouth, 2-5-22) (10 vs. Princeton, 2-18-22), (12 vs. Columbia, 2-26-22), (18 at Yale, 3-5-22)
4 Block Games: 9 (4 at UMass Lowell, 11-26-19), (7 vs. Merrimack, 12-4-10), (5 at Yale, 1-17-20), (4 vs. Princeton, 2-28-20), (4 at Harvard, 3-6-20), (4 vs. Vermont, 12-10-22), (4 vs. Cornell, 1-30-22), (4 vs. Dartmouth, 2-5-22), (8 vs. Columbia, 2-26-22)


2020 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year
2022 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year
2022 Ivy League All-Academic
2022 Brown University Graduate (Business Management)


I wear No. 33 at Florida State because it’s the number I wore in high school when I was a three-time All-Conference and three-time conference Defensive Player of the Year.  I wore No. 22 during my career at Brown. 

Jaylan Gainey is the 24th player in school history to earn uniform No. 33 at Florida State.  Ron King, who helped lead Florida State to the 1972 NCAA National Championship game wore No. 33 as a Seminole (1971-73).  King is ranked fourth in school history for career points; he scored 1,252 points and averaged 19.6 points per game during his Seminole career.


My full name is Jaylan Emanuel Gainey.  My parents liked the ring of the name Jaylan, and Emanuel is my father’s first name. 


My hometown of Greensboro, N.C., is the hoops city of the hoops state.  It’s the home of dreamers, believers, and overachievers. 


A graduate transfer from Brown University with one year of collegiate eligibility remaining to begin the 2022-23 season…earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Brown in Business Economics in 2022…the third player to come out of the transfer portal and play for Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff…entered the transfer portal on March 7, 2022 and immediately became one of the nation’s most sought after prospects…was at Brown for four seasons, played three, and chose to leave because the Ivy League does not allows players to participate in intercollegiate athletics as graduate students…played in three seasons and 65 games at Brown (2019, 2020 and 2022) with the complete 2021 Ivy League season cancelled because of the worldwide Coronavirus Pandemic…is from ACC country in Greensboro, North Carolina…considered to be a traditional big man…has the size and length to be successful at Florida State and in the ACC…finished third in Brown history with 125 career blocked shots…considered to be the No. 7 ranked prospect in the Transfer Portal by 24/7 Sports…committed to Florida State on March 30 after visiting Florida State’s campus and visiting with the coaching staff…more than half of the teams in the ACC (Florida State, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State, Boston College, Virginia and Virginia Tech) reached out to Gainey as they attempted to gain his immense services…named as the Ivy League defender of the Year in both 2020 and 2022 as he totaled 117 blocked shots in 54 games (2.2 bpg) and 327 rebounds (6.1 bpg)…averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in his three seasons on play at Brown…enters the 2022-23 season at Florida State never having taken a 3-point shot during his career…three career games against ACC opponents – at Duke (Dec. 28, 2020), at North Carolina (Nov. 12, 2022) and at Syracuse (Dec. 27, 2022)…also played one game against St. John’s on (Dec. 10, 2020) – who the Seminoles’ will face on December 17, 2022 in the Orange Bowl Classic…ranked first in Ivy League history with his career field goal percentage of .699 and he shot .685 or better in each of his three seasons at Brown…shot .750 as a freshman, .685 as a sophomore and .703 as a senior when he finished with a career-high 121 field goals made on a career-high 172 career field goals made.


Averaged 8.7 points (26 total points). 7.0 rebounds (21 total rebounds), and 1.7 blocked shots (5 total blocked shots), while shooting .600 percent from the field (9 of 15) during the Seminoles’ 3-game tour of Canada during August of 2022…a starter with 6 points, a team-leading 8 rebounds 2 blocked shots and 1 steal in Florida State’s victory over Ottawa in the first game of its three-game summer tour of Canada…played a total of 12 minutes as starter in the game one win…totaled 8 points (on four of six shooting from the free throw line), 1 assists and 1 blocked shot in the Seminoles 98-64 win over Carleton in the second game of the exhibition tour…played 15 minutes in the win over Carleton…earned a double double of 12 point and 10 rebounds in the Seminoles’ 90-74 win over McGill University in the final game of their summer tour of Canada…Florida State defeated the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and McGill to finish with a 3-0 record on their 10-day trip north of the border.

AS A SENIOR (2022)

Graduated from Brown University in 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics…averaged a career-high 9.3 points (fourth on the team), a career-high 6.9 rebounds (second) and a career-high 2.2 blocked shots per game (first)…shot a career-high .703 percent from the field (first)…led the Ivy league in blocked shots and field goal shooting percentage…an incredibly effective shooter who was ranked seventh nationally with a .703 shooting percentage from 2-point range…started all 29 games his senior season  while having his best season at the program. Gainey’s career high’s at Brown were 25 points against Columbia (Feb. 26), 18 rebounds against Yale (March 5), and eight blocks also against Columbia on (Feb. 26)..two-time Ivy League Player of the Week for his performances against Columbia (25 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocked shots) (Feb. 26) and Yale (20 points, 18 rebounds) (March 5)…a buzzer-beating dunk gave Brown an 81-80 win over Cornel (Feb. 12)l…finished the game against the Big Red with 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots…named as the Ivy-League Co-Player of the Week for a career-high 25-points, 12-rebound and eight blocked shots outing in an 81-74 win over Columbia…shared the honor with Aaryn Rai of Dartmouth (Feb. 27)…his eight blocked shots rank as the single-game record for the Brown basketball program…his career-high of 25 points came on a perfect nine of nine shooting game against Columbia (Feb. 26)…scored in double figures in a career-high 10 games including in six Ivy League games…in shooting better than 70 percent from the floor for the season, he shot below .500 percent from the field only twice in his 29 games played…was perfect from the field in seven different games including a three-game stretch against Sacred Heart (Dec. 5), at Merrimack (Dec. 7) and against Vermont (Dec. 10) when he made 16 of 16 shots…enjoyed a two-game span against Penn (Feb. 19) and Columbia (Feb. 26) when he made 14 of 14 shots…a career-high five double doubles at Quinnipiac (10 points and 10 rebounds), against Harvard (13 points and 13 rebounds), against Dartmouth (12 points and 13 rebounds), against Columbia (25 points and 12 rebounds) and at Yale (20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds)… Played two games against ACC opponents with four points coming against both North Carolina (Nov. 12) and Syracuse (Dec. 27).

AS A JUNIOR (2021)

Did not play in any games as the entire season for each of the eight Ivy League teams was cancelled because of the Covid-19 Pandemic…The Ivy League Council of Presidents unanimously decided to cancel all winter sports for the 2020-21 season and postponed spring sports until the end of February 2021 on November 12, 2020…the Ivy League was the first Division-I conference to cancel winter sports, repeating a precedent it set earlier this year when the league canceled fall sports…the league presidents held their vote during the second week of November in 2020, and coaches were informed by athletic department officials on November 12…The decision came 13 days before the scheduled start of the college basketball season…the Ivy League Council of Presidents announced at the time that student-athletes affected by the decision would not lose a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility…the Ivy League Council of Presidents said “Student-athletes, their families and coaches are again being asked to make enormous sacrifices for the good of public health—and we do not make this decision lightly.  While these decisions come with great disappointment and frustration, our commitment to the safety and lasting health of our student-athletes and wider communities must remain our highest priority.”


Averaged 5.9 points (fourth on the team), 5.1 rebounds (third), 2.2 blocked shots (first) and shot .685 percent from the field (first) in helping the Bears to a 15-12 overall record and an 8-6 record in Ivy League play…named the Ivy League’s Defensive Player of the Year…led the Ivy League and ranked 29th nationally with 2.2 blocked shots per game…finished with 54 blocks, the sixth best total in Brown basketball history…matched the Brown school record with seven blocked shots vs. Merrimack (Dec. 4)…blocked five shots in Ivy League action against Yale (Jan. 17), with four coming against Princeton (Feb. 28) and Harvard (March 6)…scored in double figures seven times including five times in Ivy League play…his Ivy League season-high of 11 points came at Yale (Jan. 17), Dartmouth (Feb.7) and at Cornell (Feb. 22)…shot a phenomenal .685 percent from the field (63-of-92) for the season…totaled his season-high of 12 rebounds against Penn (Feb. 14) and at Columbia (Feb. 21)…posted his first career double-double at Columbia with 10 points and 12 rebounds…scored his season-high of 14 points vs. Sacred Heart as he connected on 7-of-7 field goals, with six dunks and a tip-in (Nov. 19)…first career game against a member of the ACC came when Brown traveled to face Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium…totaled six points one rebound and two blocked shots in  75-50 Duke win.


Averaged 2.3 points (10th on the team), 2.2 rebounds (tied for seventh) and 0.7 blocked shots (third) in 11 games in his first collegiate season…helped Brown advance to the second round of the CBI as Brown defeated UAB (83-78) before falling at Loyola Marymount in the second round (81-63)…his season-high of 12 points came against Johnson & Wales (Jan. 14)…totaled his season-high for points (12) and rebounds (6) vs. Johnson & Wales, while blocking two shots…connected on 3-of-3 field goals and 6-of-9 free throws vs. Johnson & Wales…scored five points and blocked a season-high three shots against Loyola Marymount (March 25) in the second round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI)…pulled down four rebounds vs. Harvard.


Graduated from the Academy at Smith in 2018…a three-time All-Conference selection (2016-2018)…a three-year conference Defensive Player of the Year (2016-2018)…a member of the National Honor Society who graduated Magna Cum Laude.


Born December 12, 1999…Jaylan is the son of Shawanda and Shawn Gainey…has a younger brother, Ashtin…his brother is a sophomore member of the track and field team at Mars Hill University in North Carolina who specializes in the shot put…enjoys playing video games, watching football and fishing….chose Florida State over Arkansas, Georgetown, Pitt, Creighton, Penn State and Marquette following his career at Brown…after earning his degree in Business Economics from Brown, he is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Athletic Coaching…