Michael Gilchrist



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

Height: 6-7

Weight: 200

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

Saed Hindash | The Star Ledger

Tracking Michael Gilchrist
Date Opponent Result Stats
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.”