Thursday, June 05, 2008

Not so fast my friend

It appears that Gus Gilchrist, the Jack Kerouac of college basketball, has decided to try out South Florida as his next destination. Former Arkansas coach Stan Heath is the coach at USF and guided the Bulls to a 3-15 record in the Big East last season. It seems unlikely that the Bulls will be much better this coming season either. They lost forward Kentrell Gransberry who averaged a double-double in Big East play and was the second leading scorer and leading rebounder. The odds that Gilchrist could come in a match those numbers is pretty slim. So why would Gilchrist make that choice? To borrow from another saying, if it wasn't for bad judgment Gilchrist wouldn't have any judgment at all. From selecting Virginia Tech in the first place, to the way he handled his decommitment, to his Georgetown plans falling through, to deciding to leave Maryland Gilchrist or his handlers have made the worst possible decision in each case.

The story is not over, however. I have a sneaking suspicion that Gilchrist will only enroll at South Florida if his appeal for a waiver of the NCAA required one year transfer waiting period is granted. All historical signs would indicate that Gilchrist will not be granted such a waiver by the NCAA. Then he will be forced to weigh his options of playing for Maryland in December or waiting until 2009 at somewhere like South Florida. I wouldn't rule out the possibility of Gilchrist making another shockingly stupid decision such as embarking on some professional basketball endeavor like the NBDL in lieu of college basketball. I would not be shocked if we see Gilchrist back at Maryland in September either. One thing is very clear, Gilchrist is being advised by some really unsophisticated individuals.

5 comments:

homertuck said...

Is there a chance he comes back to UMD?

Esquire said...

I think there is a chance. A few people have suggested that route is still possible. His decision making as been so foolish and erratic I would hesitate to even give a guess as to some percentage chance he returns, but I think it is a real possibility.

okaybowler said...

Isn't it a sad commentary on UMD basketball that we hope a fool like this will eventually end up staying at CP?

Anonymous said...

Esquire,

Any idea if any of the other big timers around here, like Dante Taylor, Josh Selby etc are interested in coming to College Park? It seems hard to believe that they wouldn't, a legit big man would seem to have a change to start right away.

Esquire said...

Right now things do not look good on the recruiting front in regards to the frontcourt. Maryland is in very good shape to replace Vasquez or Hayes in the coming seasons but the same cannot be said about forward positions. I'm not optimistic at the moment.