Augustus Gilchrist

  • Power Forward
  • Class of 2007
  • Camp Springs, MD (Progressive Christian Academy)
  • 6-9, 236 lbs
  • Status: VT Signee
  • Verbal Date: 2006-02-20
Notes: In his senior season, Gilchrist averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game for Progressive Christian. He was selected to the Capital Classic for his performance.

Gilchrist averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks per game as a junior. As a sophomore, he averaged 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in a starting role. Per analyst Brick Oettinger: "While Gilchrist's physical strength and ability to defend near the basket are his primary assets, his offensive game has improved ... he now brandishes a reasonably reliable jump shot to mid-range and fairly good low-post moves." (ACC Sports Journal, Vol. 29, No. 14, March 2006)

Comments from TSL Guru Rev. Zeke Vodka: Gus Gilchrist has a broad and strong set of shoulders which hint at him easily being able to add weight to his frame, which now goes about 235 pounds. It's not inconceivable to see him at Tech next year as a 6-9, 250-pound insider. Under the Tech system, the four and five positions are almost interchangeable so he could play with Jeff Allen, Lewis Witcher, Robert Krabbendam or Cheick Diakite. He is working hard on expanding his shot range and his inside strength enables him to get and hold post up position. The thing Gus will need to be mindful of is remembering what he is as a basketball player on the court and not try and become something else too quickly in his career. His rebounding is good, but it can become better and that's an area where he could quickly add help to the program. Gus got better and better as the summer wore on and his confidence improved markedly in July once he played under Buck Williams at the 17-and-under Nationals. The more physical college game should play into his hands because he has the strength and frame to bang with low post players early in his career.

Gilchrist's career (last updated 6/13/08): Gilchrist signed with Virginia Tech in November of 2006, one week after the signing date, but he never enrolled at VT. After the shootings of 4/16/07, Gilchrist backed out of his letter of intent, citing discomfort over the shootings. This is widely regarded as a convenient excuse, and the prevailing opinion is that Gilchrist was being manipulated by "handlers" with their own self-interests in mind.

Gilchrist enrolled at Maryland in Fall of 2007, but under ACC rules had to sit out two years due to transferring within the league. This equated to Gilchrist not being able to play until the end of Fall semester 2008 (December 2008).

Before he was eligible to play at Maryland, Gilchrist announced in June of 2008 his intentions to leave Maryland and transfer elsewhere. The reason given was that he hoped to petition the NCAA for four years of eligibility (beginning in 2008-09), instead of the 2.5 he would have had at Maryland. South Florida was reported to be the likely destination for Gilchrist.

College Info

School Interest Offer
  Virginia TechVT Signee Yes
  VirginiaUVA None No
  PittsburghPITT None No
  USFUSF None No
  MarylandMD None No
  Miami (Fla)MIAMI None No


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