Pitino compares new offer PG recipient to recent U of L standouts

Pitino compares new offer PG recipient to recent U of L standouts

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Pitino compares new offer PG recipient to recent U of L standouts

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Four-star Georgia point guard Alterique Gilbert said he was happy to receive a scholarship from the University of Louisville this past week, though he hasn’t decided if he wants to visit the school.

Gilbert, a 6-foot-1 player who’s rated No. 43 in the 2016 class by ESPN.com, said he heard from U of L assistant Kenny Johnson after the coach watched him play two weeks ago in Hampton, Va., with his CP3 All-Stars club in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Head coach Rick Pitino followed up Thursday with a call to make the offer.

“(Pitino) said he liked me and that I would fit their Louisville system like past guards like Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Terry Rozier and Chris Jones,” Gilbert said. “Just guards that play hard.”

2016 Miller Grove (Ga.) and CP3 All-Stars PG Alterique Gilbert, from Nike EYBL Lexington Session, April 25, 2015 (Mike Weaver, Special to The Courier-Journal)

2016 Miller Grove (Ga.) and CP3 All-Stars PG Alterique Gilbert, from Nike EYBL Lexington Session, April 25, 2015 (Mike Weaver, Special to The Courier-Journal)

Gilbert’s reactions to those comparisons?

“I like it,” he said. “I play similar to those guys.”

Gilbert had U of L staff members back to watch his games this weekend at the EYBL stop at the Kentucky Basketball Academy.

Gilbert is the first Class of 2016 point guard to receive a U of L offer since the Cards officially missed on five-star Derryck Thornton, who reclassified to 2015 and committed to Duke. U of L is also recruiting five-star Dennis Smith of North Carolina, four-star Quentin Goodin of Taylor County and four-star Eric Hester of Florida.

Gilbert has also picked up recent offers from Syracuse and Tennessee and has taken a recent trip to Connecticut. His offer list also includes Florida State, Miami, Memphis, Illinois, Maryland, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others.

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