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Gilchrist Working Out, Hoping to Enroll in January?

Much was made about Augustus Gilchrist's decision not to follow through on his letter-of-intent to play basketball for Virginia Tech, saying he wanted to go to a prep school this fall.

Instead, however, Gilchrist is working out five days a week with a personal trainer, has asked for a release from his letter-of-intent from Virginia Tech and plans to enroll in college in January, according to his trainer, Terrelle Woody.

Woody said that Gilchrist asked Tech for a release in the last month and that it is expected to be granted. In the meantime, the second-team All-Met forward is working out and preparing for college.

It is yet the latest turn of events for the 6-foot-10 player.

Gilchrist had applied to Notre Dame Academy as an undergraduate student and still needed to complete coursework to graduate from high school, according to former Notre Dame coach Tim Fudd, who said he had seen Gilchrist's high school transcript that included being home schooled last year while playing for Progressive Christian. Fudd said Gilchrist's application was denied.

"He was still waiting to see what Notre Dame was going to do" with its basketball program and Fudd's future, Woody said, adding that in the time since Gilchrist has received a graduation diploma from the organization that oversaw his home schooling. Now, Gilchrist plans to go to college.

"He's going to be looking at schools once he's released," Woody said. "He can't consider a school yet because he doesn't know who wants him. Nobody can say anything until he's released."

That might be overstating the facts. While colleges cannot directly contact Gilchrist, it is almost certain that intermediaries have discussed his future and what might happen.

By Josh Barr  | September 5, 2007; 12:58 PM ET
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