One missing piece of Boo Williams’ AAU squad hopes to return to action within the next few weeks. Brian Gilmore, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, has missed the past three events due to a sprained ankle. The injury, which has hampered him since last summer, kept him out of last weekend’s Southern Invitational.
“I got hurt at Boo’s tournament a few weeks ago, and came down on my ankle real bad on a kids’ foot,” Gilmore said. “I sat out at Charlie Weber and then they went to Houston. I stayed home and rehabbed. It feels good. I’ve practiced this week and have been running on it, but Boo said to wait until New Orleans. I’m feeling good. I wish I could play but Boo just said lets get it straight and hopefully this is the last of it.”
The 6-7 1/2 , 215 pound junior will provide his team with yet another extremely capable outside shooter. A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Gilmore has more to his game than just a good jump shot.
“My strengths are running the floor, catching and shooting of course,” Gilmore said. “All of the guys said I can shoot it from deep. Once you start making deep shots you get guys running at you and you get one more dribble to pull up or you can get to the rack. I think I’m a smart player. I’m a leader on the court. I think I pass it very well for a big guy and all those add up pretty much.”
A college decision will likely come after the summer. Gilmore is anxious to show off his talents on the AAU circuit this summer to see if more schools come into the mix or if the current schools involved come with scholarship offers. With his ankle feeling fine, he is ready to make a splash.
“I’m looking to make a decision after the summer before my senior year to relieve the stress,” Gilmore said. “As far as recruiting, I haven’t really had a chance for many teams to see me play. I hurt my ankle bad last summer and didn’t take care of it like I should have, which is why I had a problem this year. I’ve also had bad luck. I mean I came down on my ankle in Boo’s tournament so I’m going to hurt my ankle either way there. I’d like to see what this summer brings because I think I’m a totally different player than last year.”
An excellent student, Gilmore carries a 3.7 grade point average and has scored a 1,080 on the SAT. He is drawing interest from a variety of programs, including ACC, Big East, and Ivy League programs among others. Virginia Tech is the only...
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