Thursday, January 19, 2012

John Gilchrist Joins Kosovo's Sigal Prishtina

John Gilchrist (2002-05) is now playing for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo's Superleague. From the Eurobasket website:
Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) and John Gilchrist (187-G-84, college: Maryland) are two players that will strengthen champions until the end of the season. They have arrived in Kosovo capital, Prishtina, and they have begun to train with the team.[...]

John Gilchrist is a guard and during his career had played in different continents also. Except Norfolk (USA), which was his last team he played also for Banjska Bystrica (Slovakia), 36ers (Australia), Ironi Nahariya (Israel), Texas (USA) and Ventspils (Latvia). Gilchrist is a 187cm guard and 27 years old.

Gilchrist even posted a photo of his first game's stats on Facebook: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists in 31 minutes, though the team lost on the road.

John Gilchrist had also briefly played in Slovakia last fall, but that stint was over before I knew about it, so I passed on posting about it. Gilchrist wrote a blog post about his short, frustrating experience there that says a lot about what life is like as an American playing for small market European teams.

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