April 13, 2005
WASHINGTON - American University men's basketball Head Coach Jeff Jones announced that Brian Gilmore (Chesapeake, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will play for the Eagles beginning in the 2005-06 season.
"We are elated to have Brian join the AU basketball family," said Jones. "He brings a great deal of ability to our program. Our focus now is to get him healthy and keep him that way."
Gilmore is 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds and will play both forward positions for the Eagles next season. He is a good perimeter shooter as well as a solid rebounder and he will push for playing time as a freshman.
Gilmore was at Fork Union Military Academy this past season but injuries slowed him down. Before Fork Union, he played the 2003-04 season at Norfolk Collegiate and earned numerous awards for his play. He was named Honorable Mention All State in 2003-04 as well as to the First Team All-Tidewater Conference of Independence Schools squad. He also earned a spot on the First Team All-Tournament Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools and was selected as Norfolk Collegiate's Best Offensive Player.
Prior to Norfolk Collegiate, Gilmore played at Great Bridge High School. He was named to the First Team All-Southeastern team following the 2002-03 season and was the MVP of the team as a sophomore and junior.
Gilmore was selected to play at the Nike All-American Camp in both 2003 and 2004 and played his AAU basketball for Boo Williams for two years. His AAU squad captured third place nationally in 2004.
"I am excited to attend American University and to have the opportunity to play for Coach Jones and his staff," said Gilmore. " Coach Jones was actively involved in my recruitment from day one and his interest in me never wavered despite my having an injury-plagued last two years. At American I will have an opportunity to get immediate playing time and to learn from a great teacher of the game in Coach Jones. American University is an outstanding school and it is close enough for my family to see me play often. I truly feel it is the perfect place for me to spend the next four years."
American finished the 2004-05 campaign with a 16-12 record. It was the fourth straight winning season for AU under the tutelage of Jeff Jones. The last time the Eagles posted four straight winning seasons was the 1974-75 campaign when AU finished a run of five straight winning seasons. Jones is 75-71 at American and is fifth on the coaching ladder in victories.