The recruitment of Scott County senior guard Trent Gilbert is likely to pick up if he turns in more performances like the one Wednesday night.
Gilbert tallied 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Cardinals’ 77-66 victory over Fleming County to advance to the Sweet Sixteen quarterfinals Friday.
Several college coaches were in Rupp Arena to see the game. Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford wasn’t among them, but he did stop by Georgetown earlier this month to pay Gilbert a visit.
“He actually came and watched one of my practices a couple of weeks ago,” Gilbert told the Herald-Leader. “He said he really liked my game and was really interested in me. He said he’d be in future contact with me.”
Sandy Gilbert, the player’s mother, told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday that Ford had texted Trent earlier in the day and said he wished he could have watched him play Wednesday, but he was in San Diego preparing for the Cowboys’ NCAA Tournament opener. Ford said he wants Gilbert to take an official visit to Stillwater after the season.
When asked if he’d be interested in an offer from Oklahoma State, Gilbert quickly responded: “Shoot yeah!” The 6-foot-2 prospect — a finalist for Mr. Basketball honors — noted that he and Ford share a similar background. “I know that he’s a Kentucky boy, so that just gives me all the more respect for him,” he said.
Gilbert said after the game that he didn’t have any committable offers at the moment. Sandy Gilbert clarified Thursday morning to say that he does have offers from Tennessee Tech, Kentucky Wesleyan and Georgetown College. She also said that, in addition to the Oklahoma State interest, Gilbert has been hearing from Xavier, Mercer and Troy.
Trent Gilbert told the Herald-Leader that he has heard that Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State are interested. Western Kentucky assistant coach David Boyden sat behind the Scott County bench Wednesday night, but Gilbert says he hasn’t heard from the Hilltoppers.
He averaged 25.9 points per game and made 40 percent of his three-point attempts this season. He’s also a 91 percent shooter from the free-throw line.
Gilbert acknowledged that more games like the one against Fleming County could lead to an increase in interest from college coaches. But that’s not his No. 1 goal this week.
“I’m not really worried about that right now,” Gilbert said. “That’s in the future. Right now, it’s all about winning. Just trying to advance.”
Scott County will play Johnson Central on Friday afternoon.