First the ‘Cats scored Scout.com's No. 2 prospect in the 2010 class – Brandon Knight. Just an hour and a half later they scored a verbal commitment from Michael Gilchrist, Scout.com's No. 1 recruit in the 2011 class.
"I'll be going to the University of Kentucky," Gilchrist said during his announcement on ESPNU. "I like coach Cal a lot and his staff. I like the fans there a lot and it's a blessing. That's the main reason."
Gilchrist, whose father passed when he was two years old, has a reason for announcing on April 14th.
"It's his birthday today," Gilchrist said. "It's not for me. It's for him. I'm going to be wearing No. 14 in college. "
"They have a lot of energy and I like the fan base a lot," Gilchrist said. "It's really crazy there."
Gilchrist has been rated the top prospect in the 2011 class since he was a freshman because of his versatility, potential and ability to score. He also has a competitive nature, which caught Scout.com's National Recruiting Director's attention.
"Mike Gilchrist plays with the heart of a champion," Dave Telep said. "He's a selfless player who is hard wired to win. At NBA Camp last summer, we threw the best senior players in the country at him and he mowed them down."
A 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing, Gilchrist is the first member of the 2011 class to give Kentucky a verbal pledge.