Class of 2017 Devin Gilmore

Madison Ridgeland Academy class of 2017 two guard/small forward Devin Gilmore is one of the top players in Mississippi in his class.

  • Name: Devin Gilmore
  • Classification: 2017
  • High School: Madison Ridgeland Academy
  • Position: SG/SF
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-6, 195
  • 2013-14 Stats: 23 ppg, 10 rpg, 5 bpg, 6 apg
  • Ranking: NR
  • Colleges of Interest: Kentucky, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC

  • Although he is a great athlete, Gilmore realizes it takes more than just great athletic ability to make it to the next level. And he has been working hard to improve his overall game.

    "My handles and jumping ability have gotten a lot better," said the talented youngster. "And I have been shooting pretty good but I'm still trying to increase my shooing percentage. My coach has told me every time I miss a shot there is always something that I could have changed to help my shot percentage."

    Another aspect of his game is already pretty good, especially for his age.

    "I guess my shot blocking just kind of came naturally to me," said Gilmore. "I have gotten pretty good at timing the ball. That helps a lot. And my jumping ability also helps."

    College coaches have been recruiting Gilmore for over a year. He named some of the colleges that have shown him the most attention.

    "Mississippi State, Kentucky, Syracuse, UCLA, USC, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Tennessee are recruiting me," he said. "I'm still too young for them to offer me. They can verbally offer me but I don't count those."

    He mentioned what coaches talk to him about when he contacts them.

    "The coaches stay in contact me through my coach," said Gilmore. "They tell me that I am a pretty good player but that I am still young and have a lot to learn. They tell me to continue working hard, keep my head right and stay in my books."

    Although his high school basketball season takes a lot of his time, he has attended one college basketball game this season. And he plans on attending more once his season is over.

    "I have gone to a Mississippi State game and I plan on going to other games after the basketball season," said Gilmore.

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