Gilbert shines, adds high major offers
Alterique Gilbert, a junior at Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove, plays basketball with a chip on his shoulder. “He’s a competitor,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White told Scout. “You should see him in practice.” Gilbert stands just 5-foot-10, but what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his toughness, quickness, play making ability and his winning intangibles. “I bring energy and leadership,” Gilbert said. “I’m a small guard, but I can use that as an advantage. I like to play defense.” “He’s just a winner in every aspect,” White added. “On the court and off the court. He’s a winner. He does it with such grace. He’s a bulldog in between the lines. When you get him outside the lines you won’t meet a better person.” Gilbert showed all of these qualities at Hoop Seen’s Elite Preview recently. He looked to push the tempo when he had opportunities. He aggressively attacked the basket, made pull-up jumpers and floaters, plus showed impressive vision. Gilbert’s recruitment has picked up. “UConn offered recently,” he said. “I’m in contact with Illinois a lot. I have a couple of ACC schools like Miami, Wake Forest, Florida State.” Gilbert said all five of those schools have offered him a scholarship. Georgia, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati have offered as well. A trio of schools are starting to stick out to Gilbert, who currently ranks No. 48 overall in the 2016 class. “I would have to say UConn, Miami and Illinois because of their style of play,” he said when asked if any schools led above the rest. “They all fit my style.” At this point, Gilbert has yet to make college visits. But he's set up his first official visit for Connecticut the weekend of April 17th, according to White. Gilbert averaged 18.5 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 steals and 4.7 rebounds during his junior season. He ranks as the No. 9 point guard in the 2016 class.