Prized UConn commit Alterique Gilbert leaves Jordan Brand Classic with shoulder injury

Miller Grove's Alterique Gilbert #3 against Oak Hill in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament on Friday, April 1, 2016 in Queens, NY. Oak Hill won the game. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WTNH)–Prized UConn commit Alterique Gilbert suffered a separated left shoulder at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on Friday night.

Gilbert, who is the fourth-ranked point guard prospect in the country and a huge part of Kevin Ollie’s third-ranked class, suffered the injury midway through the first half of the game after bumping into center Marques Bolden.

The 19-year-old was taken to the hospital, where doctors popped his shoulder back into place, according to West All-Star coach Sharman White, who also coached Gilbert at Miller Grove High School in Georgia.

Gilbert won’t need surgery and should be out 4-6 weeks, according to White.

“He tried to strip the ball and he had a good grip on it, I just think the vibration just got him,” White said. “It’s dislocated, but they got it back into place and he’s actually feeling pretty good.”

White said Gilbert suffered the same injury two years ago. He doesn’t believe it’s serious.

“He’ll be fine,” he said, adding that Gilbert was trying to get back into the Barclays Center to watch the postgame concert.

“Y’all are really going to enjoy watching him,” White said. “Phenomenal player, phenomenal kid. He affects winning. That’s what he does. He’s a winner, he’s been a winner all his life, even before he got to Miller Grove.”

White added that UConn legend Ray Allen spoke with Gilbert briefly, and that Ray is “excited about him.”

“At the end of the day, you’re going to get an electrifying guard that can really change the game,” White said.

SportzEdge.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s