Gilbert narrows list of schools to five
Alterique Gilbert, one of the best point guards in the 2016 class, told Scout that he narrowed his list of colleges down to Connecticut, Illinois, Louisville, Syracuse and Texas on Wednesday. The next step for Gilbert is to take visits. He’s already been to Connecticut and is working on setting up more. “I’m definitely going to visit Louisville and Syracuse,” he said. “The others I’m talking over with my mom to make sure it’s the right decision for me.” “I’m going to take at least two more visits,” Gilbert said. “I’m not sure when yet and then I’m going to decide.” Gilbert, a four-star lead guard, discussed what he likes about each of the five remaining schools: Syracuse: “I’ve been a Syracuse fan since I was younger. I watched a lot of their players go through their program. I like their guard play. Recent guards like Johnny Flynn.” Connecticut: “I like their style of play. They get out and run and play in transition. They let their guards play. Basically I’d be the extension of the coach on the floor.” Louisville: “They are very aggressive and play full court. They play man-to-man full court. I think if I went to Louisville it’d be a great way to display my defense and they like to play in transition. Their guards really play.” Illinois: “I like their style of play as well. They set a lot of ball screens and find shooters. I think they’ve been struggling with getting a point guard. That might be the issue keeping them from being a real good team. That might be their missing piece.” Texas: “I like Texas. What I like is coach Smart. He was at VCU. I’m from Richmond, Virginia. I watched them play this past season and I like their style of play. I’m just not really sure about him going to Texas and if he’s going to change his style of play. So I’m looking into that.” Gilbert said he didn’t conduct any in-home visits during the spring, but that Connecticut, Illinois and Syracuse came by his school – Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove. Although he’s yet to schedule his next visit, he said he could make his college choice as soon as two months from now.