Source: Gilchrist re-thinking Virginia Tech
Gilchrist's personal trainer Terrelle Woody, who has helped mold the 6-foot-9, 240-pound big man into a star-quality low-post player and is helping to mentor him, said Gilchrist is planning to opt out of his commitment to the Hokies after the tragic shootings at the Blacksburg, Va., campus last month.
"He just didn't want to go to a school that had just gone through something like that. It wasn't any problem with the program or the coaches," said Woody, adding that Gilchrist hasn't ruled out enrolling at Tech in the fall of '08.
Gilchrist committed to tech in February of his junior year at Friendly High School, before transferring to Progressive Christian Academy in nearby Temple Hills. He was just beginning to establish himself at the time, and Virginia Tech was the only school to offer him. He didn't consider Maryland because the Terps never contacted him, Woody said. No other schools have been in contact with Gilchrist, and none could until Virginia Tech releases him from his National Letter of Intent.
Gilchrist has since progressed extremely well, filling out his body through a rigorous training schedule with Woody and developing his jumper out to 3-point range. He was named MVP of this spring's Capital Classic after scoring 24 points and grabbing nine rebounds. He's currently ranked the No. 11 center and No. 54 player overall in the Class of 2007.
It's safe to say that if Gilchrist is indeed able to get out of his commitment, which is unknown, there would be many major programs after him.
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