Nov. 16, 2010
6-11, 230, Center, Smyrna, Del./The Academy of the New Church Boys School (Pa.)
A center, Malcolm Gilbert is described as a terrific defensive player and tremendous shot blocker who has the rare ability to change a game without scoring. Gilbert is a great defender in the low post with natural athletic ability and 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 jump shot and hook shot. A well-built center, he has a good frame with a huge wingspan, runs the court well, has touch around the basket and is aggressive when blocking shots. He also is an exceptional student who considered Harvard and Princeton.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attends the Academy of the New Church Boys School in Bryn Athyn, Pa. where he is coached by Kevin Givens…Averaged 4.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a junior…Helped lead New Church to a 15-9 overall record and 6-2 record in the Friends School League in 2009-10…Averaged eight points, 10 rebounds and 12 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…Ranked the No. 17 center and No. 145 overall player by Rivals.com…Ranked the nation’s No. 18 center by ESPN-U…Rated the nation’s No. 19 center by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Born Malcolm Gilbert on August 19, 1991…Son of Charles and Yarah Gilbert…Has a sister Milana who plays basketball at the University of Hartford…Has a brother Marcus…Native of Smyrna, Del. who previously attended St. Elizabeth H.S. in Wilmington, Del….Owns an 88-inch wingspan…Very good student (3.2 grade point average) who drew interest from several Ivy League schools including Harvard and Princeton…Chose Pitt because of the program’s ability to develop low post players and because of its “great program, great tradition and it has what he needs to take the next steps to achieve his goals”…Also said that Pitt was the “perfect fit” both academically and athletically…Selected Pitt over Virginia, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Saint Joseph’s and Clemson.
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