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Gilchrist's announcement coming on special day

Posted on: April 14, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2010 2:20 pm

Cynthia Gilchrist-Richardson insists this has never been viewed as a tragic day.

A sad day sometimes, sure.

But mostly it's a day to honor her late husband, Michael Gilchrist Sr., who died of multiple gun shot wounds in 1996. Today is his birthday; he would be 44 if he was still alive. So you can expect his son, Michael Gilchrist Jr., to speak extensively about him this afternoon when the Class of 2011 star announces a commitment to Kentucky at a news conference scheduled to be televised nationally.

"Michael has played this game in dedication to his father all these years without knowing he'd be so blessed with the talent," Gilchrist-Richardson told "A lot of people don't know he wears No. 31 in high school because his father wore No. 31 in high school."

As I wrote earlier, this is going to be a huge day for Kentucky basketball. Securing commitments from the best point guard in the Class of 2010 (Brandon Knight) and the best prospect in the Class of 2011 (Gilchrist) within hours of each other is a unique achievement, and further proof that John Calipari might be the only person in the world who can lose five underclassmen without blinking. But this is also a huge day for the Gilchrist family, a day that highlights the job done by Cynthia. Fourteen years ago she became a single mother trying to raise a son in Camden, N.J. That's not easy. But with the help of her second husband, Vincent Richardson, she's managed to guide her son through more good doors than bad, keep him off the streets, in school and humble despite Gilchrist being a nationally known prospect since he was 13 years old. That's not easy, either.

"If it wasn't for Vincent Richardson, nobody would probably know Michael Gilchrist's name," Cynthia said. "My husband is the one who taught me what AAU is all about, and that it was something we could use for Michael's college education."

Rest assured, they've used it well. Michael Gilchrist will have a free college education for as long as he wants it. Later Wednesday, he'll announce where he'll get it, then get back to school, back to work, and back on the path he's been traveling for a while, a path that'll eventually lead to college basketball stardom and, almost certainly, much, much more.

"Michael wants to be able to tell a story one day," Cynthia said. "He's just starting to do that."

Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: April 15, 2010 8:08 am

Gilchrist's announcement coming on special day

I don't think there's any chance the two will play together on the same Kentucky squad.  Ditto for whomever else Cal adds for next year, and Gilchrist.  Amazingly abundant wealth of riches yet again by Cal.

Remaining non-commits are second-tier PG's, some solid PF's, and 26th-ranked Doron Lamb [no better as a frosh than any SG on Kentucky roster already].

I expect he'll fully reload by 2011, but again, Knight not likely to be around for it.

Hey Gary how about some non-Kentucky reportage!!! Help remind me how much I love college basketball!  Any other commits, coaching changes, gossip, prognostication, etc.?!?

I feel like I'm on a Wildcats fan site login must have pinged me to the pay site for UK!!

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2010 9:31 pm

Thanks for the human interest side

Michael sounds like a great kid and we look forward to welcoming him into the Big Blue family. I suspect he will be just as surprised as Cousins was with how much love is showered on him by the Kentucky faithful. It's too bad fans get so caught up in the sport that they lose the human side of these kids - thanks for bringing that out, Gary.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 7:49 pm

Gilchrist's announcement coming on special day

EMBRACE the HATE! The CATS are back!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2010 6:37 pm

Gilchrist's announcement coming on special day

Where have you been?  Its not just Gary Parrish or CBS - all sites and stations talk about kentucky regularly.  Dude....just look at the message boards - like them or hate them it seems there is a fascination with their program.  This fascination brings attention, money, endorsements, and for kentucky - recruits. 

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2010 4:29 pm

Gilchrist's announcement coming on special day

Congrats Michael - Great decision.  You'll know it by the number of "haters".  You've joined the elite and we welcome you for all your efforts!  Congrats to Brandon Knight as well - you'll be on TV more than most professional teams and always be in the game!  Go Coach Cal, Go UK!!!

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2010 2:10 pm

Gilchrist's announcement coming on special day

How many Coach Vacate-slanted articles you gonna churn out this week dude?

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