UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and his staff have been productive on the recruiting trail in the Class of 2016, as they’ve reeled in commitments from three players considered by many to rate among the top 100 players in the class. One of those three is point guard Alterique Gilbert, a native of Georgia who spent the summer playing for the CP3 All-Stars alongside talented players such as elite power forward Harry Giles.
Gilbert, who’s joined in UConn’s 2016 recruiting class by forwards Juwan Durham and Mamadou Diarra (VCU transfer Terry Larrier will be eligible to play in 2016-17 as well), will be a key figure for a program that will at the very least lose grad student Sterling Gibbs and senior Omar Calhoun from its perimeter rotation at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
Above are Gilbert’s highlights from this summer, with Courtside Films putting together the video.
Juwan Durham, a top-30 prospect in the Class of 2016, verbally committed to Connecticut and head coach Kevin Ollie on Tuesday evening. He announced the decision on Twitter.
“This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, but I’d like to announce that I will be committing to the University of Connecticut,” he tweeted.
The 6-foot-9 Durham joins fellow power forward Mamadou Diarra and Alterique Gilbert, a four-star shooting guard who committed to the Huskies in July.
Durham, a Tampa Prep (Florida) product, is rated as the No. 27 overall recruit in the rising senior class by Rivals.
Being outside college basketball power conferences hasn’t stopped Ollie on the recruiting trail (of course, the 2014 national championship didn’t hurt). Durham is the second four-star commit in a two-month span, and is joining a list of sought-after recruits continuing to head to Storrs.
Since joining the American Athletic Conference, UConn has landed two five-star commits — Jalen Adams and Daniel Hamilton — and another four-star prospect in Steve Enoch. That doesn’t include Ollie’s success in landing transfers, like Rodney Purvis in 2014 and Terry Larrier this spring. Ollie also bolstered his 2015-16 roster with the addition of graduate transfers Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller.
UConn continues to bring in strong guard prospects under head coach Kevin Ollie as four-star Class of 2016 point guard Alterique Gilbert pledged to the Huskies on Saturday, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 6-foot-1 Gilbert is regarded as the No. 39 overall prospect in the 2016 class, according to Rivals, and he’s had a very strong spring playing in the Nike EYBL with Team CP3.
Gilbert gives the Huskies a guard who can make plays getting in the paint on nearly every touch and he’s improved his decision-making as a point guard this spring. More scoring guard than true point guard, Gilbert averaged 15 points, 4.9 assists and 4 rebounds per game with CP3 this spring. A positive in his EYBL campaign was limiting turnovers, as Gilbert only averaged 1.9 per game while he was also solid on the defensive ending, getting 1.6 steals per game.
Joining Gilbert in UConn’s Class of 2016 is three-star big man Mamadou Diarra. Attending basketball powerhouse Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, GA, Gilbert averaged 19 points and six assists per game as a junior.
The Huskies were able to hold off Gilbert’s other finalists of Illinois, Louisville, Syracuse and Texas.