How does a prospect who plays for one of the nation's premier AAU teams fall under the radar?
To tell you the truth, I have no idea.
But that seems to be the case with Mike Gilmore, who plays for Each 1 Teach 1, along with D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State commit), Joel Berry (UNC commit), and Grayson Allen (Duke commit).
In recent weeks, Gilmore has seen his stock rising. William Gunter of 247sports had this to say after Gilmore's performance last weekend at Best of the South (LINK).
"The 6-foot-8 Gilmore could have easily made the standouts list as he performed at a high level all weekend at the Best of the South Tournament. Gilmore showed off his ability to take defenders off the dribble from the wing or step inside and bang around with post players."
I recently spoke with Gilmore to talk about his game, and here's what he had to say.
"My strengths are my length, my ability to run the floor and my ability to spread the floor - defenses have to step out and guard me while I'm on the perimeter. I'm still working to improve my ball handling, and I'm working to get stronger."
On the recruiting front, Gilmore has offers from eight schools - Miami, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Saint Josephs, VCU, Wichita State, Georgia and Georgia Tech. On top of those offers, he's receiving interest from Florida, USC and Florida Gulf Coast.
The 6'8" big man from Jacksonville is looking for a school "Where I can play early, and a school that will help me develop my game and get stronger, and will help me take my game to the next level".
With regards to Miami, Gilmore had this to say: "I like Miami because it's in Florida, it's a great place. It's a private school in a suburban area, so it's like you're in the city, but you're not. You get a first class education. You get something out of it more than just basketball."
In terms of his visits, Gilmore has three that he will definitely take: Miami, Oklahoma and Kansas State, and while he won't classify those as his top three schools, he says those are his primary focus right now.
Gilmore, a consensus 3* prospect, plans to decide before his senior season begins.