Alterique Gilbert: ‘Focused on becoming a better leader’

 Alterique Gilbert

 

Last season, Miller Grove point guard Alterique Gilbert played a major role in the Wolverines’ run to a sixth consecutive state title.

As a sophomore, Gilbert averaged 18.0 points and 5.6 assists per game, and led all scorers with 25 points in the 2014 championship game. Now in his junior season, Gilbert is continuing to grow as a player and as a leader as he tries to help lead his team to a consecutive state title.

“I’m mainly focused on being a better player overall and a better teammate,” he said,0 “learning everything related to basketball while being at Miller Grove High School.”

Gilbert is off to a hot start this season, averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 steals per game. He reached a milestone Dec. 11 by joining the 1,000-career points club in the Wolverine’s 63-44 region win over Martin Luther King Jr.

Gilbert needed four points to reach 1,000 points that night and finished the game with 22 points. He reached the mark in just 72 games.

“It was a great feeling,” Gilbert said about the milestone. “I didn’t even know I did it until a couple of days later. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and the coaching staff. I really appreciate them.”

Gilbert has been playing basketball since he was 6 years old. He was not a natural shooter and had to work hard to become the player that he is today.

“When I was younger I use to shoot a lot of air balls,” he said. “I changed my form millions of times, and it just came from me working on my form and being consistent with it.”

Gilbert said his form and skills got better once he began playing for Miller Grove.

“I matured a lot as a player also as a person,” he said. “I learned a lot of things that are going to help me in the future. Playing under Coach [Sharman] White is a great experience because he does a lot of things that most high school coaches don’t do. He prepares you for the future, not only for basketball but also for life.”

The 6-foot guard is listed as one of the top guards in the country. He is ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 48 overall in the country, according to ESPN.com. He has received college offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Memphis and more.

He has not made a decision on which school to sign with yet.

“Maybe sometime next year, I’m not sure yet,” he said about making a decision. “I’m going to sit down, look at my options with my mom.”

As of right now, Gilbert said his focus is on winning another state title and becoming a better leader.

“I feel like I have to progress more and mature more as a player and as a team,” he said.

 

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