ESPN Top-100 ranked Mike Gilmore has officially committed to the VCU rams after visiting the campus earlier in September. Gilmore, at ESPN #76, is yet another four star class of 2014 player that will bring speed and size to the team. Head coach Shaka Smart recruited Gilmore as a stretch four and with his size of 6’9” and his well-built shooting skills he won’t disappoint.
Shaka’s HAVOC style of court movement will be a great home for Gilmore as he moves with great speed and energy throughout the game. In addition, Gilmore is impressive on defense. Shaka is known for his full court pressure and Gilmore’s defensive skills will be perfect for this style. His other strengths include versatility on the court, ball handling and accurate 3-point shots. As he improves his strength his senior year in high school he will add even more power than he already has on the court. When teamed with class of 2014 Terry Larrier and Justin Tillman the three will be relentless. That being said, this class is now ranked #6 in the nation with the addition of Gilmore. VCU was previously at #12 and shot up the list once they got their fourth outstanding commit.
Gilmore chose VCU over Kansas State, Miami and Georgia Tech. When fans look at the class of 2014 commit list, which is probably capped off with Gilmore, they can be proud of the recruiting team. Shaka has successfully found three of his four commits to be over 6’7”. This fact alone isn’t the impressive part; all three of these players also have immense amounts of speed and power on both sides of the court. Shaka knew exactly what he needed to carry out his HAVOC on the court and he found players that would fit it perfectly.
Finding the players is only half the battle. VCU’s recruiting team must be doing something right because after each of the four class of 2014 commits visited the campus they were pretty much sold then and there. Selling the program to these top ranked players is difficult as VCU is still an up and coming threat to historically known programs such as Kansas or NC State.
Two seniors will be graduating from the team this season and one of them is big man Juvonte Reddic. Loosing Reddic leaves space open for a player like Gilmore because Reddic is a threatening power forward, just like Gilmore.