Hours before Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was to sign his National Letter of Intent to Kentucky last November, his uncle, Darrin, collapsed of a heart attack at 42.
“My sister-in-law called and said that DeAnte, his son, found him passed out,” Cindy Richardson, Michael’s mother, says in the film “Prayer For A Perfect Season,” which airs Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
“So we all ran around there to try to resuscitate him, and the ambulance came. They couldn’t revive him. We did CPR as best we could and we couldn’t revive him.”
Faced with this tragedy on a day that was supposed to be filled with joy, the family persevered and carried on with heavy hearts for the celebration honoring the Kentucky signing. To read more of this story, click here
Michael Gilchrist ended his St. Patrick career with a disappointing loss to St. Anthony in the unofficial high school national championship.
But the Kentucky-bound senior wing rebounded with a win in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
The 6-foot-7 Gilchrist tallied 16 points, 12 rebounds and four assists and Florida signee Brad Beal of Chaminade (St. Louis) added 17 points and four assists to lead the East team to a 111-96 win over the West before a sellout crowd of 20,019 at Chicago’s United Center. To read more of this story, click here
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Austin Rivers or Michael Gilchrist?
Who is the National High School Player of the Year?
“I think I have worked hard, and it would be a blessing to win,” the Duke-bound Rivers said Thursday by text.
Speaking on behalf of Gilchrist, St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle said: “On the year he had with the schedule we had, he has as much right to that as anybody, Austin Rivers or other guys that are mentioned, without question.” To read more of this story, click here
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As Michael Gilchrist drove toward the basket and put up a jump shot early in the fourth quarter of the unofficial high school national championship game between St. Patrick and St. Anthony, Kyle Anderson lurked patiently a few feet away in the paint.
The 6-foot-8 Anderson jumped and swatted the shot away, collected the loose ball and then passed it ahead to teammate Myles Mack. Playing in his future college home in the Rutgers Athletic Center, Mack fed it to teammate Jordan Quick for a run-out layup and a five-point lead.
Anderson’s played fueled an 8-0 game-changing run and St. Anthony, No. 2 in the nation, shocked and stunned No. 1 and previously unbeaten St. Patrick, 62-45, in the North Non-Public B final before a capacity crowd of 8,057 that included Kentucky coach John Calipari, Rutgers coach Mike Rice and a crew from “60 Minutes.”
RAHWAY, N.J. — Michael Gilchrist and his St. Patrick teammates haven’t lost a game all season.
And Gilchrist has no intention of ending that streak even if the next game turns out to be the biggest game in the recent history of high school basketball.
After he put up 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in St. Patrick’s 69-41 victory over Gill St. Bernard’s in the North Non-Public B semifinals at Rahway High School, the Kentucky-bound Gilchrist was asked if anyone could stop him.
“Me? No,” he said. “Us, no. All of us, nah. Ain’t nobody stopping St. Pat’s.”
“Not today, not tomorrow, not Wednesday,” added Gilchrist’s stepfather, Vince Richardson.
St. Patrick and St. Anthony, the top two high school teams in the nation, are hurtling toward a showdown on March 10 in the New Jersey state tournament.
In this interview, Mike Kinney of The Star-Ledger calls the showdown the “biggest game” of his 28-year-tenure covering New Jersey high school basketball.
“As far as quality teams, as far as national exposure, this has to the biggest game because one and two in the country has never happened before,” Kinney said.
We also discussed Kentucky-bound Michael Gilchrist of St. Patrick, 6-8 St. Anthony junior point guard Kyle Anderson and 6-10 St. Pat’s freshman Dakari Johnson.
Kinney also gave his list of Top 5 all-time Garden State guards: Dajuan Wagner (Camden), Kyrie Irving (St. Pat’s), Bobby Hurley (St. Anthony), Randy Foye (Newark East Side) and Shaheen Holloway (St. Pat’s.)
UNION, N.J. — Andre Drummond and St. Thomas More figured to present St. Patrick with one of the last true roadblocks between the Celtics and an undefeated season and potential national championship.
The 6-foot-10 Drummond is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2012 and the Chancellors are battle-tested from playing a rigorous prep school schedule.
But Michael Gilchrist and his teammates rose to the challenge — once again.
With Kentucky coach John Calipari sitting courtside, the Kentucky-bound Gilchrist scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead St. Patrick, the No. 1 team in the nation, to 73-61 victory over St. Thomas More before a packed house in the PrimeTime Shootout at Kean’s Harwood Arena. To read more of this story, click here