Class of 2017 Devin Gilmore Visits MSU

Class of 2017 prospect Devin Gilmore talked about his unofficial visit to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Devin Gilmore
  • Classification: 2017
  • High School: Madison-Ridgeland Academy
  • Position: SG/SF
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-6, 175
  • 2013-14 Stats: 23 ppg, 10 rpg, 5 bpg, 6 apg
  • Ranking: NR
  • Colleges of Interest: Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M

  • Gilmore, who has been to Mississippi State once before when he attended a team camp, was able to spend more time with the coaches and players this time.

    "I liked hanging around with the coaching staff at the Hump and meeting some of the players and shooting around (with them)," he said.

    He also was able to experience, for the first time in his life, what it feels like to attend a big-time college football game.

    "It was amazing because it was my first time to go to a big D-I college football game," said Gilmore. "I was so into it the (MSU basketball) coaches told me that they thought I wanted to join (the football team) instead of playing basketball. I started laughing, then he said he was just messing with me."

    He also had the chance to get to know Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray on a more personal level.

    "I got the chance to sit down and eat lunch with Coach Ray, his son Deacon and his wife," said Gilmore. "It was my first time to get to talk to him a lot because he really couldn't talk to me due to my age. It was pretty interesting. It was fascinating to learn that his wife is from Flint, Michigan because my grandfather, uncle and aunt are also from Flint."

    He explained what Coach Ray likes about him as a basketball player.

    "Coach Ray said that he likes my athleticism and my love of the game," said Gilmore. "He said every time he comes to a game of mine I always have a smile on my face. A bunch of people tell me that but I haven't seen the smile yet."

    Mississippi State is one of several colleges showing interest in Gilmore.

    "(I am receiving interest from) Mississippi State, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Texas A&M, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss ... that's all that I can remember right now," said Gilmore.

    Gilmore, in a move to help him both on and off the court, transferred to Madison-Ridgeland Academy. He really enjoyed his first year at MRA.

    "It was more than I expected," said Gilmore. "I didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was. It challenged me school-wise and court-wise. And I like a challenge. It was pretty good."

    Something that he is very proud of is the fact that he helped lead MRA to a state championship.

    "I was pretty happy that we won the (state) championship my first year and I got that ring," said Gilmore, who recorded a triple-double in the game.

    Keep it on as we continue to follow Devin Gilmore's recruitment.

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