Polk State College
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ON GILCHRIST: A highly sought after junior college standout who will fit into the Seminoles' make-up of strong, defensive minded athletes with a great length that will benefit him on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court...his strength will allow him to flourish at the power forward position while his quickness and athleticism will allow him to create mismatches at the wing forward position...his 7-3 foot wingspan makes getting past him a challenge on the defensive end of the court...runs the floor well with exceptional speed and has developed the ability to stretch opposing defenses with both a mid-range and 3-point jump shooting ability...a defensive minded player who is coming from a defensive minded program...Polk State led the Suncoast Conference in scoring defense and finished second in the state of Florida as it allowed 62.2 points per game during his freshman season...has two years of eligibility remaining as he begins his career at Florida State for the 2012-13 season...a member of the U-20 National Basketball Team in Great Britain in 2009 that competed throughout Europe...a two-time All-Suncoast First Team selection as both a freshman and a sophomore...a three star junior college recruit as rated by rivals.com...
AT POLK STATE: Graduated from Polk State College in 2012 with an associate's degree in business administration...an All-Suncoast First Team selection as a sophomore as he averaged 11.8 points (second on the team), 7.9 rebounds (first) and 2.2 blocked shots per game (first) and led the Eagles in field goal shooting percentage (.500 percent)...led the Eagles and ranked third in the state of Florida among junior college players in rebounding...played in 23 games as a sophomore...helped Polk State win the Suncoast conference championship with a 7-2 record during his sophomore season...the Eagles' Suncoast Conference championship qualified them for the state junior college tournament...totaled a double double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in leading Polk past TAAG prep Academy in January of his sophomore season...totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots against St. Petersburg College...earned All-Suncoast Conference First Team honors as a freshman as he averaged 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game while shooting .481 percent from the field...ranked 16th nationally in blocked shots...played in 30 games as a freshman...played in the Future Stars International Junior Basketball Tournament in 2010...totaled eight blocked shots against Richmond and averaged more than four blocked shots per game in the tournament...
AT WORCESTER (MASS) ACADEMY (2009): Attended Worcester Academy in Massachusetts for one postgraduate season before beginning his collegiate career at Polk State...led Worcester to the championship of the Blackburn Invitational in 2009 with a 68-66 win over Blair Academy...moved to the United States in 2009 to attend school and work to earn a basketball scholarship at a major Division I program...
AT BARKING ABBEY ACADEMY (2007-08): Played for two seasons at Barking Abbey Academy in his native London in 2007 and 2008...began his formal basketball training at Barking Abbey where he began to learn the nuances of the game of basketball...
PERSONAL: Born October 14, 1990...Robert is the son of Clare and Derrick Gilchrist and...began playing basketball when he was 11 years old...originally a soccer player but spent a summer with family in New Jersey and attended a basketball camp run by former New Jersey Net star Jayson Williams...also learned the game of basketball from former North Carolina star Steve Bucknall who is also from Great Britain...selected Florida State over Baylor, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas, Marquette and Washington State...
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