Coach John Calipari received a verbal commitment from Michael Gilchrist, the top player in the class of 2011. The high school junior chose UK over the likes of Oregon and Villanova on a signing day special aired live on ESPNU.
Michael Gilchrist led his team to the New Jersey state title last season, and was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year as only as sophomore. Michael Gilchrist’s frame and talent have many basketball experts comparing him to Tracy McGrady and Kevin Durant.
Standing tall at 6 foot 7, 190 pounds, Michael Gilchrist is regarded most recruited services as the #1 prospect in the 2011 class. Michael Gilchrist’s close relationship with John Calipari makes Kentucky the logical destination.
Michael Gilchrist by all indications is a very down-to-earth kid that happens to be an elite basketball player. He is a rare combination of talent that cares more about victories than personal accolades.