The American playmaker, who in 2004 led University of Maryland to its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years, has impressed strongly during a two-week trial and has agreed to terms. The MVP of the ACC tournament, Gilchrist, 25 and 191cm, has big shoes to fill here following the retirement of superstar guard Brett Maher.
But coach Scott Ninnis always was confident he had found the right man.
"He's going to terrorise a lot of NBL players this season," Ninnis said.
The 36ers should formally announce securing Gilchrist's signature within a few days and he is likely to make their up-tempo game a treat to watch.
Access Athletes' Real Athlete Blog has a three part interview with John Gilchrst that started last month and concluded this week:
Part I - "The Journey", about John's rise to stardom in Southeastern Virginia.
Part II - "The Lessons", about John's departure from Maryland and life lessons as a young professional overseas.
Part III - "Alert and Prepared", about John's new outlook and goals for his career.
(Thanks to Testudo Times for finding the first part of this interview last week.)