Gilchrist is the crown jewel of the 2011 recruiting class and was tabbed by many as the best player in all of high school basketball while just a junior last season. He’s known as a hard worker and a high-character guy who is always looking to improve. He’ll be expected to be a superstar as soon as he sets foot in Lexington.
Status: UK signee
Committed: April 14, 2010
Position: Small forward
Hometown: Somerdale, N.J.
High school: St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)
Rivals ranking: No. 3 overall
Scout ranking: No. 5 overall
ESPN ranking: No. 3 overall
MaxPreps ranking: No. 1 overall
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|Dec. 17||Westfield||W, 60-28||14 pts|
|Dec. 18||Whitney Young||W, 92-68||13 pts, 8 rebs, 7 asts|
|Dec. 21||Mater Dei||W, 71-61||34 pts, 13 rebs|
|Dec. 22||Milton||W, 69-67||25 pts, 12 rebs, 5 blks|
|Jan. 2||Trenton Catholic||W, 72-57||17 pts, 8 rebs|
|Jan. 6||Cranford||W, 90-41||22 pts|
|Jan. 9||St. Benedict’s||W, 73-65||25 pts, 14 rebs, 3 blks|
|Jan. 11||Plainfield||W, 68-38||12 pts|
|Jan. 14||Winter Park||W, 75-66||22 pts, 7 rebs|
|Jan. 17||Bishop Gorman||W, 79-63||27 pts, 10 rebs|
|Jan. 22||Elizabeth||W, 60-31||17 pts|
|Jan. 23||Linden||W, 64-40||19 pts, 11 rebs, 8 asts, 3 blks|
|Jan. 25||Union||W, 66-45||32 pts|
|Jan. 29||Newark Tech||W, 78-50||18 pts|
|Feb. 3||Plainfield||W, 76-55||16 pts|
|Feb. 5||Linden||W, 56-43||23 pts, 14 rebs|
|Feb. 8||Elizabeth||W, 76-44||18 pts|
|Feb. 10||Union||W, 78-45||18 pts, 12 rebs|
|Feb. 13||St. Thomas Moore||W, 73-61||28 pts, 8 rebs|
|Feb. 19||Scotch Plains||W, 100-62||15 pts|
|Feb. 22||Roselle Catholic||W, 63-50||27 pts, 17 rebs, 7 blks|
|Feb. 26||Linden||W, 70-58||15 pts, 9 rebs, 5 stls|
|March 4||Marist||W, 84-48||15 pts|
|March 6||Gill St. Bernard’s||W, 69-41||19 pts, 11 rebs|
|March 9||St. Anthony||L, 62-45||7 pts, 13 rebs, 5 blks|
July 10, 2009: Sports Illustrated feature story on Gilchrist, the best player in high school basketball despite being just a junior.
Feb. 12, 2010: Gilchrist’s high school team is banned from post-season play because of improper practices.
April 14, 2010: Gilchrist commits to Kentucky.
April 14, 2010: Gilchrist writes a diary for USA Today.
April 14, 2010: ESPN analyst Paul Biancardi says Gilchrist will thrive in Lexington.
April 16, 2010: Gilchrist talks to a New Jersey paper and says he is honored for the chance to play at Kentucky.
May 3, 2010: MaxPreps names Gilchrist its top player in the class of 2011.
May 18, 2010: Gilchrist remains the top player in the class of 2011 in Scout.com’s rankings.
May 31, 2010: Gilchrist talks to Rivals.com about being the top player in the class of 2011.
June 9, 2010: Gilchrist and fellow UK commitment Marquis Teague sit down with Dime Magazine for a Q&A session.
June 21, 2010: Gilchrist and fellow UK commitment Marquis Teague make the USA U17 team.
June 22, 2010: Gilchrist remains the top player in the class of 2011 in ESPN.com’s rankings.
June 28, 2010: Gilchrist says he’s not thinking about the NBA, he’s thinking about winning a national championship at Kentucky.
July 1, 2010: Gilchrist remains the top player in the class of 2011 in Rivals.com’s rankings.
Nov. 10, 2010: Gilchrist signs with Kentucky.
Feb. 10, 2011: Gilchrist is selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Feb. 15, 2011: Gilchrist is selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game.
March 2, 2011: Gilchrist is named one of four finalists for the prestigious Morgan Wootten national player of the year award.
St. Patrick Coach Kevin Boyle on Gilchrist (to SNY.tv): “I really like the style of play at Kentucky. Usually there’s a very gifted point guard on Calipari’s teams and I think it gives Mike a chance to really run and get out ahead of the ball and he’s best in the transition game.”
Hoop Scoop analyst Clark Francis on Gilchrist: “In the 28-year history of The Hoop Scoop, there have been two players as sophomores I said were the best regardless of class. The other is LeBron James.”
Gilchrist on Gilchrist (to USA Today): “In my family, faith, hard work and sacrifice is normal. I know if you have a dream that you really think you can obtain, hard work and sacrifice is what it takes to get to the dream.”