Alterique Gilbert talks expectations at UConn and his senior season

CHICAGO - Alterique Gilbert had a big time senior year capped off by a state title. Now he is a McDonald's All-American who is getting ready to go to Connecticut for college.

One of the most electrifying point guards in the class of 2016 is Alterique Gilbert. The Georgia native had a phenomenal senior season which propelled him to get selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game and also brought home the ultimate team goal, a state title.

“My senior season finished up well with a state title,” said Gilbert of his final year of high school basketball. “The championship game was a hard fought game but we came through and got the win.”

In Miller Grove’s state championship run Gilbert was almost unstoppable, and now as a McDonald’s All-American he is beyond thrilled to be competing against the best in the country.

“It is one of the most humbling experiences that I have ever been a part of,” said Gilbert of the game. “Just to get on the court and compete against the best is just a blessing for me.”

Up next for Gilbert will be suiting up for Kevin Ollie and the Connecticut Huskies. In order to accomplish what he wants early on, Gilbert says he has been working hard to improve.

“I am definitely working to make good decisions in the screen and roll and stay focused on defense,” noted Gilbert. “Also I know I have to do a good job of keeping others involved.”

When Gilbert gets to UConn he will be walking in to a loaded backcourt, including Jalen Adams. Gilbert feels that he and Adams will work tremendously together.

“I think I fit in really well,” Gilbert explained. “I think we will have a great team. I don’t know who’s coming back, but I think it is a great system for me and me and Jalen should fit in really well on the court.”

With a talented core of the team set to return, and the addition of a strong recruiting class, Gilbert has high expectations for himself and his teammates from day one.

“I expect to come in, be a leader, not make freshman mistakes, and win a national championship,” said Gilbert.

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