Alterique Gilbert, a four-star point guard from Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), committed to Connecticut on Saturday morning.
Gilbert is ranked as the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2016 by the 247Sports Composite rankings and the 37th player overall. He also is considered the No. 2 player in the state of Georgia.
“I love the relationship me and coach [Kevin] Ollie have, and my mom as well,” Gilbert told ESPN.com. “My reasoning for the commitment is me being comfortable with the whole situation. I just decided to take the best thing for me and my family. We just came to a conclusion together that it would be the best fit for me.”
Gilbert made only one campus visit before his choice and that was to UConn. Syracuse, Texas, Louisville and Illinois were on his top 5.
Gilbert, who has drawn comparisons to former UConn star Kemba Walker, averaged 18.5 points, 6.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 5.3 steals for the perennial state power.
With UConn adding Jalen Adams in the Class of 2015, the Huskies could have a very talented backcourt when they play together for the 2016-17 season. Both Gilbert and Adams can score but also run the offense.
Gilbert is a part of a three-person class thus far for 2016, along with power forward Mamadou Diarra from Putnam Science Academy and VCU transfer Terry Larrier, a small forward.
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