Gilbert making his presence felt

HAMPTON, Va. — Team CP3 has jumped out of the gate to a roaring start in EYBL play, winning all three games through the first two days of play. The squad features superstar Harry Giles — who has drawn massive crowds in each game — but the club’s leading scorer actually has been guard Alterique Gilbert.

It was nine months ago that Alterique Gilbert soared to wide acclaim at the Peach Jam. Fast forward to a new travel season, and on the heels of a disappointing high school playoff loss for six-time defending champion Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove, Gilbert is out to build on the momentum he generated last summer.

The 6-0 guard averaged 19 points per game that week in North Augusta, and since that time he has played his way into increasing buzz. Yes, it’s Giles who commands the bulk of the media focus, but Gilbert also benefits from the presence of so much attention. And clearly, he’s making the most of it.

A quick and very aggressive scorer, he can create for himself off the dribble or pull up for a three-pointer. He’s also a feisty defender who creates easy baskets thanks to his numerous steals in the open floor.

Gilbert could ride Giles’ coattails, but he holds ample talent of his own

Though disappointed by Miller Grove’s ouster in the playoffs, he waxed sanguine about the experience.

”We didn’t reach the goals we wanted to reach, but we came together as a team and we learned,” Gilbert said.

But while the state title eluded him, the EYBL offers another opportunity to capture a prestigious championship.

”I think we have a pretty good chance of winning EYBL, actually,” Gilbert said. “This is our first time playing together this year, so it’s a new team.”

Coaches have flocked to CP3’s outings here in Hampton, and not only for Giles. Gilbert has drawn offers from Connecticut, Illinois, Miami, Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Wake Forest, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others, and he recently told colleague Evan Daniels that the Huskies, Illini and Hurricanes stand out.

Still, he’s in no hurry to make a decision and would like to expand his interest. He also feels no pressure or desire to necessarily spend his college years within the South.

”I want a school that has a winning program, a great coaching staff and a team that likes to learn,” he said. “I don’t have a preference on distance from home.”

Gilbert currently checks in at No. 48 in the Class of 2016, and he’s certainly talented enough to merit that lofty status.

CP3 will attempt to close out the weekend 4-0 on Sunday morning against the Spiece Indy Heat, and the club is well on track to once again qualify for July’s Peach Jam.



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