Name: Robert Gilchrist
Weight: 220 lbs
Twitter Handle: @Gilchristo
2012-13 Season Stats: 1.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 8.4 mpg
Prognostication: A player who saw the floor for 20-plus minutes just once during the 2012-13 season, senior Robert Gilchrist probably isn’t going to have the biggest impact one way or the other for Florida State this season. Not that the London native isn’t skilled, and with a 7-foot-3 wingspan he sure is capable of helping contend shots on the defensive end, but Gilchrist isn’t talented enough to really crack Leonard Hamilton’s rotation. As impressive as the 11-points (which would be a career high had it not been an exhibition game) that he scored against the Greek National Team last week were, if Gilchrist hits double-digits in a game this season, I’d expect the ‘Noles to either be up big, or down big. Maybe Gilchrist cracks the rotation if the bigs ahead of him get into foul trouble, but don’t expect to see him as one of the first forwards off of the bench this season.
Strengths: When Gilchrist uses his length, on either end, he’s the best that he’s capable of being. An energetic defender who contests an encouraging amount of shots, Gilchrist really knows how to find himself in the middle of plays even if he doesn’t particularly have a nose for the ball. You’ll never use words like lazy when describing him, and although you dont like to put too much stock in compliments like these, Hamilton loves to slap the “potential” and “upside” tags on his British big. Gilchrist also likes to spot up on the perimeter, making him a big that has the ability to stretch defenses.
Weaknesses: I very carefully worded my last section of praise, because just because Gilchrist’s comfortable taking a mid-range jumper here and there, it doesn’t mean he’s particularly good at it. For a player with his size and strength to shoot 43-percent from the field is almost unacceptable, for that same player to shoot .125 from three is even worse. His shot selection should tell you just how capable he is of dominating the post on the offensive end, not to mention there are times where you have to question if he’s allergic to rebounding. Robert Gilchrist seems to have the physical and mental attributes to be a real talented big man, but his skill set just hasn’t caught up.
If you’re interested in College Basketball snobs who constantly complain about the Knicks, Jay-Z, and the state of rap music, follow Jared on twitter at @JMintzHoops