Gilchrist Is A Terp
The much-anticipated recruiting battle for Virginia Beach (VA) Salem PG John Gilchrist is over. He committed to the Terrapins on Sunday.
"It was the pick after we fully examined every school," Gilchrist said. "After looking at all of the factors, we just went with them."
In picking Maryland, Gilchrist spurned offers from Georgetown and NC State. The decision, according to Salem head coach Bill Cochrane was a difficult one. "Georgetown, that program just speaks for itself," Cochrane said. "NC State has been as loyal, up front and honest and worked hard. They did everything right."
Last season, Gilchrist averaged 19 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. He connected on 42% of his 3-pointers and shot 86% from the charity stripe. His basketball career is already a storied one and Cochrane says he's the best player he's ever coached. Gilchrist has one state title to his credit and played with Boo Williams AAU in the last three AAU title games. In 2000, his Boo team won the AAU National Championship.
At Maryland, he'll back up senior Steven Blake for one year before likely taking over the reigns as the Terps floor general. The competitive Gilchrist couldn't say no to the Terps who are coming off a Final Four appearance. "I feel their program is on the rise."
Tough to argue with that logic.
Maryland now holds commitments from one Top 50 player and two other Top 100 candidates. Shooter Chris McCray was the first to pick the Terps this year and small forward Nik Caner-Medley, the top player in Maine, also opted to join Gary Williams in College Park.