Thursday, August 24, 2006

John Gilchrist Signs in France

John Gilchrist (2002-05) has signed to play in France for Pau-Orthez in the Euroleague. Gilchrist's hometown Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot says this about his choice to play in Europe:

For Gilchrist, who left the University of Maryland as a junior in 2005, the decision to join the Euroleague wasn't easy. He played well for the Denver Nuggets' summer league team, averaging 12.0 points and a team-high 4.4 assists. He would've had a chance to earn a spot on Denver's roster in training camp.

"Obviously my whole life I've had the goal to play in the NBA," Gilchrist said.

But Gilchrist has other factors to consider. The Nuggets were guaranteeing nothing. And Gilchrist needs to take care of [daughter] Haven, whose image is tattooed on his arm.

His new team in France is happy to have him (you speak French, right?), after his breakout year in Israel last season. The best part of this article, when I ran it through Google Translation, was the description of the other guy Pau signed on the same day, Britton Johnson:

This white interior of big size left in 2003 the FAC Utah with the following line of stats: 11,6 pts with 47,7% and 6,7 rbs. Not drafted, this Mormon however had his chance in NBA disputing 20 meetings with Orlando in 2003-2004.

Maryland hasn't had a white interior of big size since Mike Mardesich left...

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