- Feb 16, 2014
LMAO… Only one thing is wrong with your nicknames. It should be Briante "Baby Rondo" Weber! Because when I see him play all I see is a Rondo 2.0Mike Gilmore is 6'9 and will be 6'10 before he graduates (he eats Wheaties). I have said that he will be the force under the basket with versatility to run and stretch the floor. Here are some tidbits.......
Replace Kansas State with VCU......
Gilmore plays for E1T1 Elite, one of the premier AAU teams in the nation. At 6’9″, he an excellent finisher in the post and around the rim, capable of pulling defenders inside and opening up K-State’s stable of outside shooters if the basket is too protected.
From ESPN Insider.......
Gilmore is a long and athletic power forward that is loaded with upside. He has a good motor that he uses to run the floor well. He can rebound in and out of his area and his shooting range extends to about 17 feet maximum at this stage of his game. He is mobile and has the footwork and agility to defend on the perimeter with the proper techniques. He can also block shots in his area as well.
Kansas State Message Board.......
Gilmore.~ “I just have to be aggressive and make myself known early in the game. I have to rebound and be aggressive on the defensive end.”
Defensively he provides rebounding and an additional shot blocker. Because of Mike’s long reach and ability to step outside and defend perimeter players when necessary, he is able to foil many teams’ plans when they try to run ball screens.”
“Mike has an above-average skill level when it comes to handling the basketball on the perimeter and shooting from inside the arc. He’s able to stretch the floor and give post players room to operate. Mike is also an effective high post player. From there he can score or find teammates that are open with quick passes.”
“He has a nice touch inside so he has the ability to take smaller guys in the post in score.When a guy his size or taller is on him, he’ll need to pull him away from the basket.Mike just needs to continue to listen to his coaches and play the way they need him to play and he’ll develop a better understanding of how to read the defense and get to the most effective spot on the floor.”
When asked what player Gilmore reminds him of, McGee stated, “He’s a bit like Lamarcus Aldridge of Portland. Aldridge is of course stronger but Mike has a bit more range on his shot.”
How he fits: Gilmore is an ideal fit both for VCU's style of play as well as with the rest of their class. As his frame fills out, he should be able to play both the four and the five spots, making the interior tandem of him and Tillman an imposing one, especially in such an up-tempo system. Add Larrier to the mix and you have as athletically devastating a frontcourt as you'll find in the country.
Offensively, his developing skill set is very important for VCU, as his ability to stretch the floor will be a nice complement to Tillman and Larrier. Pair him with an aggressive ball screen guard like Williams, and Gilmore is especially intriguing, because he has the potential to pick and roll or pick and pop, which eventually will make that tandem virtually impossible to stop without a third defender.
From DB on A10 Board........
Wingspans of incoming players:
Mo Alie-Cox: 7'3"
Justin Tillman: 7'2.5"
Michael Gilmore: 7'2"
Terry Larrier (at the 3): 6'10"
I know the "big" recruits coming in are only freshmen but they will be integral in Havoc 6.0. Gilmore is a stretch 4 but he is tall and will have the ability to alter shots as we all know Mo Alie-Cox does & Justin Tillman will do (GET THAT SH*T OUTTA HERE!). I expect Gilmore to play 4 & 5 for VCU. It is common knowledge that Coach Smart plays a variety of line-ups from small to medium to big. He is not recruiting for a "traditional" line-up so our thinking has to be....who can stretch the floor and stop the opposing guards from streaking to the bucket if they break the press.
I have said and I will stick to it.......
~Briante "Steals MacKenzie" Weber
~The Freight Train
~ Terry "I Hope he is better than Kendrick" Larrier
~Mo "Says No" Alie-Cox
Then hit them with waves......(In no particular Order).....
~Jarred "You will not get the ball inbounds as I do Jumping Jacks" Guest
~JeQuan "That Lewis Kid can Play!"
~Doug " I will Shoot from Marshall Street" Brooks
~Justin "My Uncle Buck will Tell you to Step Off" Tillman
~Mike "Artis is my Uncle" Gilmore
~Antravious "Is it Ant or Tre?" Simmons
~Jordan "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" Burgess 2.0
~Jonathan "The Beard" Williams
~Emerson "I will Play Lots of Minutes because we Kicked Ass" Burk
~Torey "I will pass the ball to Burk only if I cannot shoot or drive into the lane and draw a foul" Burston