Alterique Gilbert should be fine, despite suffering dislocated shoulder
Early in the game, Gilbert fell to the floor in pain after trying to swipe away a steal, gripping his left shoulder, and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair at the Jordan Brand Classic national game.
Gilbert was taken to a local hospital, where X-Rays revealed a shoulder dislocation — something he’s suffered before.
“They say he’s fine,” offered Sharman White, Gilbert’s coach at Miller Grove High and also for on Friday night for the East Team. “It may take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to make sure it heals properly. He’s in good spirits.”
Gilbert suffered the dislocation when he tried to swipe the ball away from 6-foot-9 center Marques Bolden.
“(Bolden) had a good grip on it, so when he hit it, I think the vibration of it probably just knocked it out of place,” said White.
The coach added that the same thing happened to Gilbert a couple of years ago, “so he kind of knew exactly what had happened.”
Gilbert, a 6-1 point guard, is the centerpiece to a highly-touted UConn recruiting class.
“Y’all gonna really enjoy him up there," said White. "Phenomenal player, phenomenal kid. He affects winning, that’s what he does. He’s been a winner all his life, even before he got to Miller Grove. It’s almost sad that I’m not gonna be able to coach him again. I hated for this to happen, because this is our last ride together right here.”
“You’re gonna get an electrifying guard that can really affect winning in every single way.”
White said that Gilbert is like a hybrid of Kemba Walker, Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright.
"He can score like those guys, he can defend, but he can also run a team like I’ve seen Shabazz do. Whatever’s needed — he needs to score, manage, distribute, he can do that. You’ve got a great one.”
The coach added that Gilbert spoke with Ray Allen for about a half-hour earlier this week, and Allen was very impressed with the young man.