On Gilchrist: A tough, physical point guard who runs the floor with proficiency and possesses an uncanny ability to finish ... ACC Tournament MVP and third team All-ACC selection is Maryland's top returning scorer (15.4 points per game) and assist man (159) ... finished sixth in the ACC in scoring, fifth in assists (5.0 apg) and eighth in steals (1.8 spg) ... became the first Terrapin to lead his team in scoring and assists since Walt Williams (1990-91), and the first point guard to lead Maryland in scoring since John Lucas (1973-74) ... named to the Preseason John R. Wooden Award "Watch List" ...worked alongside Michael Jordan at the Michael Jordan Flight School in August 2004 ... characterized as a winner and a competitor, and lists former Terp Juan Dixon as one of his all-time favorite players ... attended Maryland's summer youth basketball camp since he was nine years old.
Williams on Gilchrist: "John certainly made a big splash at the end of the year, with the way he played in the ACC Tournament, and that was in his first year as a starter. He got the opportunity to play with Steve Blake for a year, which was good, and now John has his own identity at the point guard position. I expect John to continue to improve as a player and part of that is being more consistent. He had ups and downs like a lot of sophomores do, and now he is a junior and I expect the consistency level to be stronger this year."
As a Sophomore in 2003-04: Played in all 32 games and started 30 in his first season as the Terps' primary point guard ... led the squad in minutes per game (34.0), scoring (15.4 ppg), assists (159, 5.0 apg) and steals (56, 1.8 spg) ... the first Terrapin to lead his team in scoring and assists since Walt Williams (1990-91), and the first point guard to lead Maryland in scoring since John Lucas (1973-74) ... Terps' leading scorer in 14 games, including eight of the last 12 contests ... averaged 19.4 ppg, shot .571 (36-for-63) from the floor, and hit .524 from behind arc (11-for-21) in five postseason outings ... reached double-figures in scoring in 26 of 32 total games ... netted 18 points with seven boards, five assists and two steals in Maryland's NCAA First Round win over UTEP (March 18) ... unanimously earned ACC Tournament MVP accolades after scoring 26 points with seven rebounds and six assists in the Terps' championship victory over Duke (March 14) ... three-day ACC Tournament total included 72 points, 19 assists, 16 rebounds, six steals, 26-for-41 (.634) field goal shooting, and a staggering 9-for-14 (.643) 3-point effort ... put forth a career effort to bring the Terps back from a 21-point deficit top NC State in ACC Semifinals (March 13)... shot 9-for-9 from the field in the second half, with four 3-pointers, to score 23 of a career-high 30 points ... also added seven assists and four steals ... finished the game 11-of-13 from the floor, including a 4-for-7 mark from 3-point range, in the first 30-point game by a Terrapin since Juan Dixon's 33 vs. Kansas in the Final Four (March 30, 2002) and first 30-point ACC Tournament game since Keith Booth scored 36 vs. Georgia Tech on March 9, 1996 ... 12 of his team-high tying 16 points came in the second half against Wake Forest in the ACC Quarterfinals (March 12), including the game-winning free throw with 3.7 seconds left ... was a perfect 4-for-4 behind the 3-point arc, with six assists and five boards, against the Demon Deacons ... netted 26 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished five assists at home vs. Wake (Feb. 28) ... scored 19 points with six assists and a career-high tying five steals against Clemson (Feb. 24) in College Park ... put in a 14-point effort with eight rebounds at Duke (Feb. 22) ... chipped in 12 points with eight assists and five steals on the road vs. North Carolina (Feb. 15) ... scored 21 of his game-high 26 points at Virginia (Feb. 4) in the first half, and added a tip-in with five seconds left to seal key road win ... netted 12 points and added a career-high tying nine assists at Wake Forest (Jan. 29) ... amassed 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting at Georgia Tech (Jan. 17) and added six rebounds and three steals ... registered 20 points, five boards, five assists and three steals in Maryland's home win over No. 9 North Carolina (Jan. 14)... shot 7-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-3 from long range, and made all four free throw attempts ... named ACC Player of the Week (Dec. 15) after putting in an 18-point, four-rebound, four-assist night in the Terps' victory over No. 1 Florida (Dec. 10), and adding 24 points, seven assists and five rebounds in Maryland's win against Pepperdine (Dec. 14) ... established a career-high with nine assists, and added 12 points and seven rebounds, in Maryland's overtime win over Wisconsin (Dec. 2) ... named the Terrapins' Co-Player of the Year and received the Most Assists award at the Maryland Basketball Honors Banquet in April.
As a Freshman in 2002-03: Powerfully built true freshman who saw time at the point guard position during his first college season ... gave the Terps solid depth in the backcourt as a big guard to create match up difficulties for opponents ... averaged 5.3 points per game and shot .833 (5-for-6) from the field and .857 (6-for-7) from the free throw line across the Terps' three NCAA Tournament games ... totaled 53 points (23-of-33 from field), 23 rebounds and 14 assists in the last eight games of the season ... netted six points and dished three assists in 15 minutes vs. UNC Wilmington in Maryland's NCAA first-round game (March 21) ... registered then-career highs for points (11) and rebounds (9) in Maryland's 40-point victory over North Carolina (Feb. 22) ... scored six points with a pair of driving lay-ups and two free throws during a key 14-2 second half run in a victory at North Carolina (Jan. 22) ... contributed six points and three assists vs. No. 1 Duke (Jan. 18), and combined with Jamar Smith to score 10 straight points while lifting Maryland to a victory over the top-ranked Blue Devils ... scored 10 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists vs. No. 14 Florida (Dec. 14) ... collected six points on 3-of-3 field goal shooting and added five rebounds against Hampton (Jan. 8) ... recorded three assists during 16 minutes of play against No. 10 Indiana (Dec. 3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge ... had four steals to go along with nine points against Duquesne (Nov. 30) ... reached double-digit scoring with 10 points in only his second game as a collegian, vs. The Citadel (Nov. 27).
At Salem High School: A four-year starter at Salem High School, where he graduated in 2002 ... the AP AAA Player of the Year in Virginia after leading Salem to the AAA state title in 2001 as a junior ... team finished 23-1 as a sophomore, 29-1 as a junior and 17-2 as a senior under coach Bill Cochrane ... team was 10-0 in Virginia's East Region Beach District as a senior, falling to Hampton in the state's Eastern Region quarterfinal game ... finalist for the McDonald's All-America team ... regarded as one of the top five prep point guards in the country ... averaged 20 points, eight assists and just one turnover per game as a senior ...scored 19.8 points per contest in 2000-01, to go with 7.5 assists and 6.7 rebounds ... shot over 85 percent from the free throw line and over 45 percent from the 3-point stripe in his last two seasons ... averaged 15 points and eight assists as just a sophomore ... ranked as the top point guard at the 2001 Nike Camp in Indianapolis, and as the country's fifth-best point guard by The Sporting News ... played in the Charm City Challenge all-star game in Baltimore with Terrapin teammate Chris McCray ... joined McCray, Nik Caner-Medley and Travis Garrison as participants at the Capital Classic at the MCI Center ... teamed with Duke's J.J. Redick while winning AAU 17-under and 19-under national championships ... also was an AAU All-American.
Personal: John Gilchrist III ... son of LaRita and John Gilchrist ... has an older brother, Roderick (27) and a younger sister, Jeanetta (15) ... enjoys fishing, boats, jet skiing and anything on water ... learned to fish with his dad's brother (Eric) and sister (Terri) ... favorite high school memory off-the-court was his high school graduation because it made his family proud ... largest role model is his grandmother, Vernice Gilchrist of Norfolk, Va., who raised him during summers ... spent his summers growing up in Norfolk, where he learned to play basketball at the Boys and Girls Clubs in that area.