Gilchrist Has an Early Top 5

I’m working on a big story on St. Patrick sophomore forward Michael Gilchrist that should come out on Rivals later this week.

The 6-foot-7 Gilchrist dropped a game-high 28 points on Oak Hill (Va.) Academy Saturday night at the Primetime Shootout in Trenton, but the Celtics lost 73-64.

The No. 1 small forward in the Class of 2011, Gilchrist, 15, has been called a potential NBA lottery pick by some. His mother, Cindy Richardson, says it’s very early in the recruiting process, but that several schools are near the top of his list.

“Every college is Michael’s favorite,” Cindy said. “He looks at it as an opportunity. He has Villanova, Memphis, of course, Rutgers, UConn and the University of Virginia.  Right now that’s it. He can only have a top five. We don’t want to get into the 10, 15 or 20 schools and create stress.

“If one college comes his way and is willing to be a blessing to my family, that’s what it’s going to be.”

Earlier this year, Gilchrist poured in 30 points against Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God in the City of Palms tournament in Florida. He also was named the MVP of the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. after scoring 31 on Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler in the final.

Stay tuned for the full story later this week.

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