Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. —Michael Gilchrist didn’t know Kentucky was recruiting 6-10 forward Anthony Davis until he learned it from reporters Tuesday morning.
Now that he knows, Gilchrist joked that he’s ready to help recruit Davis to the Wildcats.
“Oh, for real,” Gilchrist said after scoring 26 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in Team Final’s 60-54 victory over Mean Streets at the Peach Jam. “I didn’t know. I gotta get on him, huh?
The No. 1 player in the Class of 2011, Gilchrist played on two and a half hours sleep after flying in from Hamburg, Germany Monday night after he and fellow Kentucky recruit Marquis Teague helped the USA U17 team win the gold medal.
“I didn’t want to get up but [Team Final coach] Rob Brown made me,” Gilchrist joked.
After getting to the court for a 9 a.m. game, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua sat courtside to watch the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Gilchrist take on Davis’ team in front of a slew of college coaches.
Davis, out of Chicago Perspectives Charter, says his top three consists of Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State. Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and Syracuse assistant Rob Murphy also watched the game.
Davis, who finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss, said he plans to visit his top three before potentially visiting other schools, like North Carolina, which may soon offer.
Could Davis, the No. 8 player in the Class of 2011, end up joining No. 1 Gilchrist and No. 5 Teague at Kentucky?
Sounds like Gilchrist is ready to help make it happen.
“He’s really good,” Gilchrist said.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.