Malcolm Gilbert saw action in 19 games last year, primarily as a backup center off the bench. Gilbert is described as a terrific defensive player and tremendous shot blocker who has the rare ability to change a game without scoring. He is a solid low post defender with natural athletic ability and possesses the physical tools needed to play the game at the highest level. He is also improving on the offensive end as he has developed a hook and jump shot. A well-built center with great size, Gilbert owns a huge wingspan, runs the court well, has solid touch around the basket and is aggressive when blocking shots. He also is an exceptional student who considered Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Princeton.
Played in 19 games and 93 minutes on year off the bench at center...Named a Big East Academic All-Star...Earned team Academic Excellence Award at team banquet...Played a career-high 16 minutes, scored two points and grabbed three rebounds vs. St. Francis, Pa., 12/20...Registered first career field goal and grabbed first rebound vs. South Carolina State, 12/17...Saw action in first career game vs. Long Beach State, 11/16.
A 2011 graduate of the Academy of the New Church Boys School in Bryn Athyn, Pa., where he played three years for head coach Kevin Givens...2011 McDonald's All-American nominee...Helped lead the Lions to a 21-6 overall, 7-1 Friends School League record and No. 8 state ranking as a senior in 2010-11...Scored 171 points and averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 blocks and 4.8 rebounds per game as a senior...Shot 46 percent (77-169) from the floor and reached double figure scoring six times and double figure rebounding two times on the year...Earned Friends School League honorable mention honors...Helped lead New Church to a 56-50 early season victory over No. 1 ranked Findlay Prep (Nevada)...Finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Philadelphia Area Donofrio All-Star Classic...Scored 10 points with eight rebounds in the Capital Classic All-Star Game...Averaged 4.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a junior...Helped lead New Church to a 15-9 overall record and 6-2 league record in 2009-10...Averaged 8.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 12.0 blocks per game as a sophomore...Under-17 star at the Rumble in the Bronx...Named the co-MVP of the All-American All-Star Game in 2008 after he scored 17 points...Has played AAU basketball with Team Final, Albany City Rocks and East Coast Elite for coach Terrell Myers...Consensus national top-20 center in the Class of 2011...Rated the nation's No. 34 recruit by Sports Illustrated...Ranked the nation's No. 56 player overall and No. 8 center by ESPN-U...Ranked the No. 17 center and No. 145 overall player by Rivals.com...Rated the nation's No. 19 center and No. 83 overall player by Scout.com...Played in the Super Showcase.
Born Malcolm Gilbert on September 19, 1991...Son of Charles and Yarah Gilbert...Has a sister Milana who plays basketball at the University of Hartford...Also has a brother Marcus...Native of Smyrna, Del., who previously attended St. Elizabeth H.S. in Wilmington, Del....Owns an 88-inch wingspan...Good student (3.2 grade point average) who drew interest from several Ivy League schools...Chose Pitt because of the program's ability to develop low post players and because of its "great program, great tradition, stellar academics" and it "has what he needs to take the next step to achieve his goals"...Also said that Pitt was the "perfect fit" both academically and athletically...Hobbies and interests include collecting model cars, swimming and fishing...His family spent time living in the Cranberry, Pa. area when he was a toddler...Announced the signing of his National Letter of Intent with teammate and Syracuse signee Rakeem Christmas...Selected Pitt over Virginia, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Saint Joseph's and Clemson...Plans to major in business.
Points: 2, four times. FG made: 1, four times. FG attempts: 2, two times- vs. Georgetown, 3/7/12; at Connecticut, 3/3/12. 3FG Made: None. 3FG attempts: None. FT made: 1, Princeton, 3/19/12. FT attempts: 2, Princeton, 3/19/12. Rebounds: 3, two times- at DePaul, 1/5/12; St. Francis, Pa., 12/20/11. Off. Rebs.: 1, six times. Def. Rebs.: 3, at DePaul, 1/5/12. Assists: None. Steals: 1, two times. Blocks: 2, St. Francis, Pa., 12/20/11. Minutes: 16, St. Francis, Pa., 12/20/11.