Gilbert commits to Connecticut

For two weeks Alterique Gilbert has known his college destination. But he waited until Saturday to make the news public. Gilbert told Scout he's headed to Connecticut.

Senior point guard Alterique Gilbert will play college basketball at Connecticut, he told Scout late Friday evening.

“I'm going to UConn because of my relationship with coach [Kevin] Ollie and also my moms relationship with coach Ollie,” Gilbert said. “I feel like he gave me the best opportunity for me and mom and my family.”

Gilbert had narrowed his list of schools down to five. The list also included Illinois, Louisville, Syracuse and Texas. Gilbert's only official visit was to Connecticut. He visited in mid-April.

“He's been through it and played in the league for numerous years with different teams and different guys,” he added about Ollie. “He knows what it takes. Him being a point guard helps and I just think it's great for me.”

Gilbert, a 6-foot lead guard out of Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove, is small, but lightning quick and aggressive on the offensive end. He also has the reputation of a pesky, tough on the ball defender. Connecticut has had success with similar type guards.

“I watched their previous guys like [Ryan] Boatright, Kemba [Walker] and Shabazz [Napier] and that's definitely my style of play,” Gilbert said. “I can relate to those guys being a smaller guard and being able to see them be successful helps.”

Connecticut now has a pair of pledges in their 2016 recruiting. Gilbert joins 6-foot-8 post player Mamadou Diarra to make up their current class.

As a junior, Gilbert averaged 18.5 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 steals and 4.7 rebounds a game. Gilbert ranks as the No. 8 point guard and the No. 40 overall prospect in Scout's 2016's top 100.

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