UConn may leave the American Athletic Conference, but Alterique Gilbert remains seated.
Gilbert, a point guard at UConn for the past four seasons, announced on Saturday that he will move to the state of Wichita. Gilbert will graduate this spring, so he will be playing as a graduate transfer with one – and possibly two – year qualifications
“I am pleased to announce that I will be attending Wichita State University this fall!”
Gilbert knows the shockers and trainer Gregg Marshall pretty well. He scored 18 points in Wichita on February 28, 2019, including 3 consecutive last minute points, and was ready to be the hero of the game before Wichita keeper Samajae Haynes-Jones hit a game-winning runner this summer.
Gilbert scored 14 against the Shockers on 12 January in a double extra time against the Shockers. He will be the first former McDonald’s All-American to play for Marshall in Wichita State.
Gilbert announced last week that he would switch.
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“My time at UConn was great,” Gilbert told Hearst Connecticut Media last week. “It didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but I’m mostly looking for a fresh start. To be able to go to school for a year, help every team that I can win, and put myself in the best position for myself and mine Bring family. “
Gilbert was a red shirt junior last season. He attended the senior night celebrations against Houston on March 5, but left the option open to return to UConn at that time. But after returning to Atlanta earlier this week in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and talking about things with his family and other loved ones, he made his decision.
Gilbert, a McDonald’s all-American in high school, missed almost all of his first two seasons at UConn due to shoulder injuries. He also missed several games in 2018-19 due to a shoulder injury and concussion that ended his season.
Gilbert was healthy practically all of the time last season, but some inefficiencies on the pitch, along with his grandmother’s death, resulted in difficult first months of the season, which ultimately resulted in him taking a short vacation. Gilbert missed UConn’s 78-63 win over Temple on January 29 and returned for the next game, but had lost his place as team start point keeper to newcomer Jalen Gaffney.
Gilbert left the bank the rest of the season (except for a senior night start) and seemed to accept his reduced role well. He also played better at times, including 17 points from the bench in the Huskies’ first street win in Tulsa.
“The thing about the reduced role was frankly new to me,” said Gilbert last week. “But I was ready to win for us. Because I’ve played with a lot of great players throughout my basketball career, I’ve never been a guy who really needed all the attention. My main goal was to win. I’ve always said that I’m a winner first. We haven’t won much in my UConn career. So I just thought I would end my time on my feet, and if I had the opportunity to go and play somewhere where I had a better opportunity or opportunity, I said I would use it. “
Gilbert joined UConn as McDonald’s All-American, perhaps the most popular junior class in 2016 with the nickname “Top Five”, which also included Juwan Durham, Vance Jackson, Mamadou Diarra and Christian Vital. However, his shoulder problems preceded him after he underwent surgery during high school and then contorted his shoulder during the Jordan Brand Classic in April 2016.
Gilbert suffered a shoulder injury at the end of the season that had to be operated on by Loyola Marymount as a newcomer in mid-November. The following season, Gilbert’s season ended after injuring his shoulder at the PK80 tournament in Portland, Oregon. This injury also required surgery.
UConn will of course return to the Big East next season.
“In my eyes, I will be part of this program forever,” said Gilbert. “I am proud to say that I am a husky forever.”
Quinnipiac’s Kevin Marfo, who was the country’s leading rebounder in the 2019-20 season, announced on Saturday night that he will switch to Texas A&M.
Marfo, who scored an average of 10.2 points and 13.6 rebounds in 30 games as a Redshirt junior, can immediately play as a graduate transfer.
Marfo had recently shortened his list to five schools, with Minnesota, Penn State, St. Johns and VCU being the other finalists. He announced his decision on the Twitter page @AllFactsMedia, which is operated by his former Quinnipiac teammates Aaron Robinson and Andrew Robinson.
Marfo started his college career with George Washington and played the last two seasons with Quinnipiac with 20 double doubles in 55 games with the Bobcats. During the 2019-20 season, he had at least 10 rebounds in all but one game.
It seems that Yales Jordan Bruner will leave the state if he plays college ball for one season. Bruner, who has another year to claim but cannot do so in the Ivy League, has announced his last six possible goals as Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Gonzaga, Louisville and Maryland.
He had been contacted by UConn, first assistant Tom Moore and later head coach Dan Hurley, but never seemed overly interested in the huskies. Bruner seems to have set himself the goal of playing professionally next season, but since workouts and camps are likely to be canceled or suspended in the coming months before the design, he is considering graduate transfer routes so he doesn’t “get stuck” in the mud not to play with anywhere, ”he told Hearst Connecticut Media last week.
Jim Fuller contributed to this report