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October 22, 2007

Gus Gilchrist commits to Maryland

Maryland picked up another basketball commitment this weekend when former Progressive Christian Academy star Gus Gilchrist pledged to the Terps.

Gilchrist, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound center, will reportedly enroll at College Park in January. He originally signed with Virginia Tech, but was released from his letter of intent to the Hokies following the shootings at the Blacksburg campus last April.

According to The Washington Post, Gilchrist is unsure of whether or not he'll suit up for the Terps during the second semester this season, or just practice with the team and make his playing debut during the 2008-09 season.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:07 AM | | Comments (8)
        

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Matt,

Do you think this means the Terps will lose out on Ater Majok?

what effect will this have on Majok? Armwood? Oliver? It seems to me that with three of four scholarships committed, and Majok speaking of how much he loves the Terps, that the Terps have pretty much completed their recruiting for the 08 and 09 classes. However, since i've heard that Armwood is their prized and most focused recruit for 09, do you see the possibility of UMD holding off Majok until they hear from Armwood? How about Oliver? would any of the remaining '09 recruits cause Gary and his staff to hold off Majok in favor of that other recruit? If the last scholarship is used on one of the others, what are the chances that Majok would walk-on and wait a year to receive a scholarship? (a la Lee Mecchionni) Thanks.

EdDC - I don't think Gilchrist will have any effect on Majok, who has reportedly verballed to the UM staff, but not gone public with the commitment. Here's what Dan Painter had to say in last week's Five questions: "From what I have heard, Majok told Maryland he wants to be a Terp, and only needs the blessing from his family back in Australia to make it official. That should come this week. But nothing is totally done until they give their approval."

Jung - I'd agree that the Terps' '08-09 recruiting looks to be completed, but that's barring attrition, of course, so I assume they'll continue recruiting some select players to cover their bases.

I haven't heard much at all on Oliver. Several people have said that Armwood does not have Maryland as his leader, though. I can't see Majok pulling a Melchionni -- or Maryland asking him to. He's got plenty of other big offers, and the staff reportedly really likes him -- enough that they voluntarily bowed out of the Quintrell Thomas and Ralph Sampson sweepstakes.

any personality flaws with any of these four men that may cause any of them to back out of their verbal? I think that if terps fans truly reviewed the course of events for Jennings, that he had such a winding, twisting road to his commitment that his withdrawal and commitment to Louisville would remind a LOT of terps fans of what happened with our favorite could've-been superstar lineman, never to be spoken of, ALE. From my count, he has attended at least five different HS's and PG's, possibly more. He has intimated that he is a one-and-done player. But i didn't mean to make this a rant against Jennings, but rather to ask your opinion on if you've seen anything in any of the commitments' history to forecast something? Also, what is in the Terps' future for PG? From the way i see things, there will be no PG in the pipeline until both Hayes and Vasquez are gone. Thanks.

Jung - They all seem to be good kids. I would say that since Majok hasn't gone public, you can't completely count that as a commitment. Kids make 'silent' commitments to programs all the time, and most go unreported, so we'll see what happens. As for point guard, I'd bet 2010 will be the year they bring in a top-flight guy. This early on, though, I have no clue who that could be.

Yikes...We'll have a true freshman point guard starting in '10?. I do like all the signings, though. Just hope that playing time will bring us a kid who can step in and run the show right away. Hopefully a guy like Bowie can run the show his senior year to avoid that. Everyone remember what happened when DJ had to be our point guard?

Matt,

I recently returned to the area and have enjoyed the report. Did they make an offer to PG Phil Pressley for 2010?

Gary, Chuck and Keith are on a recruiting roll. Good job coaches.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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