WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2001
Men's Basketball Signs O.J. Gilmore To National Letter Of Intent

April 11, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - O.J. Gilmore, son of former NBA and JU great Artis Gilmore, has signed a national letter of intent with Jacksonville University, head basketball coach Hugh Durham announced today. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward will stay home in Jacksonville, where he grew up and helped lead Arlington Country Day School to three appearances in the State Final Four in the last four years, including back-to-back runner-up finishes as a junior and senior.

"We are excited about O.J. coming to JU," said Durham, who was the head coach at Florida State when Artis Gilmore led JU to the NCAA finals in 1970. "It says a lot about his commitment to Jacksonville to want to stay home and be a part of our program. His dad is the greatest player to ever wear a Dolphin uniform and we look forward to helping O.J. develop into the best player he can be. He loves the game of basketball and has a real desire to improve, which makes him very coachable. He also has great hands and is an outstanding passer, and has improved offensively every year."

Gilmore finished his prep career as Arlington Country Day's career leader in points (1,622) and rebounds (1,435). He averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior en route to First-Team All-State honors as the Apaches finished with a 32-6 record and advanced to the state finals. Following his junior season, Gilmore competed in the NBA's Top-75 Camp in Washington, D.C., and the prestigious Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis, Ind.

Gilmore was tabbed a pre-season Honorable Mention All-American by Street and Smith prior to his senior season. He went on to average 12 points and 10 rebounds and earn Honorable Mention All-State honors as Arlington Country Day went 30-6 in 2000-01 and again advanced to the state championship game.

Gilmore is the third signee for JU this year. Brian Novitsky, a 6-6 small forward from Horsham, Pa., and David Lee, a 6-3 shooting guard from Columbus, Ga., signed with the Dolphins in the fall.

JU is fresh off of its best season in six years after finishing in a tie for third in the Trans America Athletic Conference and posting an 18-10 record. The Dolphins return nine players from this year's team, while Calvin Warner, a transfer from Eastern Michigan University, will also be eligible to play next year after sitting out the 2000-01 season.