Gilchrist a Nice Addition for 2007 Class

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Seth Greenberg’s search for a low post presence in the 2007 recruiting class got a big boost with last week’s commitment from Augustus Gilchrist , a 6-9, 235-pound power forward/center prospect out of Friendly High School (Fort Washington, Maryland). Gilchrist is a solid looking prospect who also received very serious interest from Miami, Pitt and Virginia, among others.

Gilchrist committed to the Hokies on February 24th.

“He had gone down to Virginia Tech for a football game,” Friendly head coach O. Brian Walker said. “His parents also took him up to Pittsburgh. During basketball season, he went to a basketball game and I think the environment and the support the fans showed even in down times helped shore up his decision. Nigel Munson and Jeff Allen, who are two local kids, will be there and they all pretty much know of each other. I think having local buddies there helped. Gus has been to a few of Nigel’s games and he thinks he can fill inside while Nigel takes care of the perimeter. Virginia Tech’s offense also was a factor. They put the ball inside a lot.”

Gilchrist averaged close to 16 points, around 11 rebounds and four blocks per contest this season according to Walker. He shot around 78 percent from the foul line as well after shooting around 80 percent as a sophomore. Most importantly, Walker witnessed a marked improved in his standout low post player from the 2004-2005 season to the 2005-2006.

“It’s been night and day,” Walker said of Gilchrist’s transition from his sophomore to junior seasons. “I’ve seen him grow and understand and learn the game. He’s learned to recognize double teams, when to pass the ball and what is a good shot. He’s also added a 10-12-foot shot to his game. His ball-handling is not bad for a guy his size. He’s a leader and he’s vocal out on the court.”

“Another off-season like the one he had this past year, and I think he can really become a force. He has high upside. He can shoot it. Some coaches I’ve talked to compare Gus a little bit with Jeff Green of Georgetown.”

Gilchrist celebrated his commitment to Tech with an 18-point, 9-rebound and 6-block