Gus Gilchrist Explains Maryland Commitment

Gus Gilchrist could have gone just about anywhere. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound post player from Fort Washington had interest from everywhere and was rarely mentioned as a Univ. of Maryland prospect, so it shocked a lot of observers this weekend when he committed to the Terps. caught up with Gus for a Q&A, and he told us about why he made the decision, his plans and much more…

According to Gilchrist, his family's meeting Saturday with Terps head coach Gary Williams was what sealed the deal.

"The best relationship you can have is with the head coach, and I really liked coach Gary Williams," Gilchrist said. "He's a real straight-up, honest guy … He told me that he sees a lot of potential in me."

The other deciding factor for Gilchrist was how he'll fit into Maryland's flex offense, a scheme catered to versatile big men such as Gilchrist, who can handle and shoot from 15 feet, as well as bang in the low post.

"I think I'll fit great in the flex offense. I think they see me playing the ‘four' position. Maryland was the best overall place I could find as far as education, basketball, the whole thing," he said.

Gilchrist, who has already graduated high school and is academically qualified, will enroll for the start of the second semester and immediately join the team. He said he hasn't decided whether he'd prefer to redshirt this season or try and help the team, and has not spoken with the staff about it yet.

How is he spending his time until then?

"I'm just reading books and working out every day," he said. "I'm working on my speed, quickness, agility, everything."

The local buzz had Gilchrist as a lock for Georgetown, and when he didn't choose the Hoyas, some figured it was because they had landed a commitment from top-rated power forward Greg Monroe.

"No, it wasn't [a factor]. I was never really on lock [for Georgetown], but they were on my list also," he said.

Gilchrist said assistant Chuck Driesell played a major role in recruiting him, though it was the entire staff, not just Driesell or Williams, which impressed him and his family. Despite his early commitment to Virginia Tech, he'd followed the Terps as a kid growing up a half-hour from College Park, he said. We then asked him if he was concerned about the reception he'll get from Hokies fans who are upset he asked out of his Letter of Intent.

"No, I haven't even thought about that yet. I just committed yesterday," he said.

Asked whether he will continue to consider other options, he gave a resounding ‘no.'

"No, this is a done deal for me. I'm going to Maryland," he said.

Finally, we asked him what the reaction was like when he committed to Williams and Co.

"Everybody was as excited as I was," he said. "It was just a great feeling. I think I made the right choice. Don't you?"

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