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Gilchrist and St. Pat’s: National Champs?

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Michael Gilchrist started off on the bench when St. Patrick(23-0) took on Linden for the Union County Championship, as punishment for being late (traffic reasons). No worries, though, because by the time Mike got in, the score was 14-0 in favor of his Celtics. He finished with 15 points (10 in the fourth quarter), 9 rebounds, and 5 steals. St. Patrick got a fairly easy win with a 70-58 final score, despite going 20-40 from the free throw line. Western Kentucky commit Derrick Gordon netted 20. The teams next game comes on March 2nd, against the winner of Marist and St. Mary’s in the New Jersey Non-Public Group A bracket.

While winning New Jersey is first and foremost on Gilchrist’s mind, its undeniable that the idea of staying undefeated and closing out the season as the #1 ranked high school team in America is an attractive goal, too. It get even more interesting, specifically in New Jersey: If St. Pat’s and St. Anthony’s both continue winning, they will face each other in the championship game. While the Celtic’s are #1, St. Anthony sits directly beneath them at #2. In the minds of many, this would be the game to determine who is the “national” high school champion. Adam Zagoria writes:

“In case you hadn’t heard, two small Catholic high schools separated by 14 miles in North Jersey are hurtling toward a collision in the mythical basketball national championship game March 9 at Rutgers. The state’s largest newspaper even reported that The Prudential Center, which houses the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, is interested in hosting the game to accommodate more fans.”

Zagoria also writes about the newly vacant coaching position at Monmouth. Michael Gilchrist’s current coach, Kevin Boyle, is listed as a possible candidate.

Article written by Chris Thomas

14 Comments for Gilchrist and St. Pat’s: National Champs?



  1. AKA cold buckets
    7:42 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Gilchrist is dat dude



  2. UK Student n Fan
    7:43 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    1



  3. UK Student n Fan
    7:43 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    and done



  4. BPsycho
    8:08 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    #2-3 Oh what a year it will be! Go Cats!



  5. Joe Dirt
    8:37 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t wait to see this guy in class for one semester, watch him come in second in the sec east and take us all the way to the elite 8 before heading to the draft!



  6. casey p.
    8:55 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    No Oscar’s Live blog?



  7. BlueVirus
    8:55 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Joe Dirt is J-E-A-L-O-U-S



  8. Horny UK fan
    10:14 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    I think he will have that John wall swagger and confidence to be a good leader for his age. Just wait and see tard fans….



  9. Jon
    10:14 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Players like gilchrist are just natural winners cant wait to him marquis anthony and kyle in blue! Go Big Blue!



  10. LansingCat
    11:10 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Might as well phone it in now for next year.



  11. Go cats
    11:11 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    2-3 We need to enjoy it while hes here than haha. GO BIG BLUE!!



  12. sunnycat
    11:17 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    2 and 3 Who says he is “one and done”?



  13. sunnycat
    11:18 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    5 I would like to see you in class for one semester, flunk out and go flip burgers.



  14. Max Cady
    10:48 am February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Gilchrist has the look f a nice 4-year player. Right now, he can’t shoot the ball anywhere near the level he’ll need to at the college, much less NBA level.

    Very good defender and rebounder, but a ways to go on the offensive end.

    Don’t believe me? Look at the problems Harrison Barnes is having at Carolina, and he’s way ahead of Gilchrist on offense.