Gilmore has breakout week

With some of his high profile teammates at a different event, Michael Gilmore had a chance to show off his entire skill set and he took complete advantage of the opportunity.

At the Best of the South event Each 1 Teach 1 was without three of their main options due to the Nike Global Challenge. That gave some of the role players on the Peach Jam championship team a chance to step up and play a starring role. No one did it better than power forward Michael Gilmore.

"I think stepping up is a big thing," said Gilmore. "I just have to be aggressive and make myself known early in the game. I have to rebound and be aggressive on the defensive end."

With him being forced to be the main option, Gilmore says he feels confident and ready to show all the coaches in attendance just how good he is.

"I feel like I can be better than anybody in the country," Gilmore explained. "This is 17 and under and I have been playing with and against these guys for years now. I am thinking I can go out and step up."

Recruiting wise Gilmore has had a lot of interest, with more sure to come.

"Kansas State, Oklahoma, Miami, VCU, and Georgia Tech have offered," listed Gilmore. "I am hearing from DePaul, Minnesota, and St. Joseph's."

He continued, "I know I am going to visit K-State, and then I also hope to visit Oklahoma, Miami, and Georgia Tech."

Kansas State has been the school most active in Gilmore's recruitment, and he says he has built a very strong bond with assistant coach Chester Frazier.

"I have a real good relationship with Coach Frazier," said Gilmore. "We developed a relationship last year during AAU season. He came out to see me in high school, and now that I can take my officials I can't wait to get out there and see the facilities and stuff."

Kansas State's Big XII rival Oklahoma has also put in a lot of work with Gilmore, and continues to be firmly in the mix for his services.

"Oklahoma, Coach (Lon) Kruger is a good coach with a good track record," said Gilmore. "Also I like the way their offense is played where their forwards can shoot it and drive it. I think that would really show off my ability."

The in-state Miami Hurricanes are also making a strong push with Gilmore and continue to be heavily involved in his recruitment.

"Miami being an in-state school puts them high on my list. It is down in Miami and that is a great area," Gilmore explained. "Also they had a great season and Coach (Jim) Larranaga is a great guy. I have also heard they have pretty good facilities."

For now Gilmore plans to play out July, see who all has offered and then he will begin to make his official visits.


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