Monday, June 4
Denver East HS Kenneth Gilbert (HAWKS 2008)
Kenneth “Mookey” Gilbert of Denver East High School, emerged as one of Colorado’s top prep players while helping lead his team to a 5A state title. This summer, a busy club ball schedule could bring increased recruiting interest.
Last season, Mookey Gilbert was one of the cogs of Denver East’s run to the 5A state championship. On the way to the title and a 24-3 season, Gilbert scored over thirteen a game and pulled down seven boards. Gilbert saved his best work for the title game against Doherty, where he had a nearly perfect shooting night scoring seventeen and grabbing nine boards. His body of work on the season and tournament gained Gilbert 1st Team All-Tournament, 1st Team All-City and 2nd Team All-State. With the graduation of teammates Blake Swain and Donell Wells from the Angels, much of the responsibility for a shot at a repeat falls on Gilbert.
With this added responsibility, Gilbert is playing constantly to improve his game. This spring and continuing this summer, Gilbert, along with Denver East teammates Demetrius and Davaughn Thornton, will play a hectic club basketball schedule for the Colorado Hawks. Next week sees Gilbert and his squad playing in Wichita, Kansas against some of the top teams in the Midwest and in July, the Hawks will live on the road as they play in the Great American Shootout in Denton, Texas, Best of the Midwest in Indiana, the Main Event tournament in Las Vegas and then the Best of the Summer tournament in Los Angeles. This extensive schedule should give the 6’7 Gilbert time to work at his more natural two position, which he projects to play in college. For the ultra quick and somewhat smallish Denver East squad, Gilbert most often played the three spot but also spent time at the four and five spots. According to club coach Greg Willis, If Gilbert wants to excel at the two position at the next level, he will need to, “work on his perimeter defense against other two guards.” Willis feels Gilbert, “handles well for 6’7, is a good jump shooter, jumps well, is good at going to the bucket, but could become a little more explosive to the bucket.” According to Willis, Gilbert’s greatest strength as a ball player is he feels he is the best player on the court every time and is “real determined, plays well in big games and is always cool and collected on the floor.”
Currently, Gilbert is receiving D1 attention and with a strong club season and senior campaign, should see this recruiting attention increase.
Posted Jun 1, 2007