Gilchrist's Career Takes Another Bizarre Twist
So Gus Gilchrist is transferring from Maryland. It's a huge blow for the Terrapins, who are staggering through this offseason. Shane Walker is transferring. Bobby Maze is out, though some might say he was never a good fit. Then there was the mess with Tyree Evans. Now Gilchrist. And Sean Mosley has yet to qualify academically. Gary Williams says he's not done recruiting, but really it's tough to see adding an impact player at this point for the upcoming season.
As for Gilchrist, it's the continuation of a messy and unproductive post-high school career. There are many who think the big center made a mistake leaving Friendly High for Progressive Christian is senior year with a scholarship already in hand to Virginia Tech. Then there was the release from Tech. Then he went to Maryland, not knowing about the ACC's intraconference transfer rule that would make him sit out a full season of competition. Both he and his parents told me this season that had they known about the rule that forces an ACC-to-ACC transfer to sit out an extra year, Gilchrist never would have landed at Maryland. Now, he's hoping for a waiver that will let him play in the fall, but that seems extremely unlikely.
The other thing that doesn't seem right is his rationale for transferring, hoping to have four years of eligibility remaining. By enrolling in classes at Maryland, I would think he's started his "five years to play four" clock. If the waiver to play immediately is unsuccessful, the five-year clock would expire before Gilchrist can play four seasons.
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