What did Indianapolis seventh grader Katlyn Gilbert’s parents think about her committing to the UE women’s basketball team this early?
Well, I tried to ask and didn’t get a call back earlier this week.
But late Friday, Gilbert’s Best Choice Academy AAU team sent along an official release confirming her commitment to UE. It included this joint statement from parents Marlon and Stephanie:
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our daughter and we are very appreciative for the opportunity given by the University of Evansville and Coach (Oties) Epps,” it reads. “We are very thankful for Best Choice Basketball Academy for giving Katlyn a great platform to become a good Christian Basketball player. Best Choice is the best program that we have been around. They emphasize development first and produce winners in the process. The program is about the players not the club director or coaching staff and they make it affordable to families.”
So the parents acknowledge it. This is a real thing.
Gilbert’s Best Choice club has a pedigree that includes two AAU State titles and four national AAU final fours. Gilbert attends Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis where she also plays volleyball and runs track.
The 5-foot-9 shooting guard gained notoriety through a pair of camps within the past year: the Midwest Recruiting Report Junior Phenom Camp and Junior All-American Camp, where she was named an all-star.
“Gilbert is a true floor general,” wrote the Midwest Recruiting Report. “She looks to get her teammates involved and knows what she needs to do to make that happen. Handles the rock extremely well and rarely, if ever turns it over. Defensively, she plays her heart out every possession and has a very good understanding of team defensive principles. Was extremely versatile this weekend, playing the 1-5, and had no trouble guarding the post. Gilbert will be on the scene for years to come.”
Gilbert can sign a binding letter of intent with the Aces in November of 2017 before her high school graduation in the spring of 2018.
She is, of course, UE’s first 2018 commitment. Nationally, no recruiting sites list any others for that class.