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.