The 6-foot-7 5-star recruit wrote that he was making the change remembrance of his father and uncle.
One of the newest Wildcats is already making a name for himself… literally. Gilchrist reported on his Twitter page that he is changing his name to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The 6-foot-7 5-star recruit wrote that he was making the change in memory of his father and uncle. Darrin Kidd, his uncle, died of a heart attack on the same day Michael signed his national letter of intent with Kentucky
, and his dad, Michael Gilchrist
Sr., was shot and killed in 1996.
"I can't look up in the stands like most other people and see my dad," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "I have my stepfather, and I love him, but it's not the same. And I had my uncle, but he died, so it's hard. But I just use it as motivation to go harder."
Gilchrist's mother, Cindy Richardson, told SportsNet New York, "That's the name that will be on his jersey next year."
Gilchrist, from Elizabeth, N.J., is ranked in the top five Class of 2011, according to most experts around the nation.