Katlyn Gilbert is a 5’11″ Guard from Indianapolis, IN ( Heritage Christian H.S. ) . She plays AAU with Best Choice United. She is considered one of the Top 20 players in the 2018 class.
As a freshman she came to a team that won a State championship and returned all starters, she averaged 7 pts, 3 rebs, 2 ast, 2 Stl, 2 blks
” Kate is one of the most versatile players I have coached, she is effectively able to play and defend multiple positions at a high level. She is a long, athletic lead guard with great leadership skills on and off the court. She has yet to reach her potential and with her current abilities, her upside can be very scary. She has a great work ethic, sometimes working out multiple times a day after school. The one quality that really makes me proud of her, is her love for The Lord. Her walk with Christ gives her the uncommon ability of making others around her better in the game of basketball and life itself. ” – Marlon Wright ( AAU coach )
Away from the court, Katlyn is just as Impressive, if not more so. She is a very Outgoing, Sincere, and Responsible young lady. She has a 3.0 GPA . She’s assisted with some Indianapolis Neighborhood cleanup, has been a basketball youth counselor for several years! Student council (service leader) She is also in the Indiana High School Athletic leadership council.
Hello, my name is Katlyn Gilbert. I am a sophomore in high school and I play basketball. Last year, my school team won the Indiana Class 2A State Championship and I look forward to backing that up this year by attempting to win the State’s class 3A Championship. Due to a rule in Indiana called the “Success Factor”, a school has to move up a class if they reach a certain level of success determined by a point system and I guess you can say my school, Heritage Christian, has done just that. My team has won State 6 out of the past 10 years.
More about that later….I was asked to write this blog so people can get to know a little bit more about myself and my journey as I go through the college recruitment process and the ups and downs of being a student athlete. Not knowing exactly where I should start, I choose to begin with life after the moment I became a State Champion…hope you enjoy!!
Sunday March 8th, just one day after winning the State, I went straight back to working out. I didn’t think about being tired from a long school ball season. Instead I was excited because it was the start of summer travel ball and I was preparing to try out for the U16 USA Olympic Basketball team. First, I would be traveling to Raleigh, NC to the ASGR Deep South Classic tournament. I was very excited about this year’s team. My team, Best Choice United, had picked up several new players and we immediately became like sisters! Plus, this would be the last summer that I will be able to play with my big sister and best friend, Ty Harris (google her if you don’t know her!). I have also became pretty close with my other seniors, North Carolina commit Emily Sullivan and Evansville commit Kaylan Coffman.
This was our first time playing in Raleigh and man was the competition nothing like we had experienced before. The games were more physical and it seemed like every player was quick and super athletic. However, what gave me motivation was to see the amount of college coaches who had lined up to watch us play. We went 4-2 for that weekend. This was not what we had expected, but it was enough to motivate us to get better for the second viewing period.
As for myself, I really walked away from this tournament with a lot more confidence in my game. Even though I knew I wasn’t the best I could be, I could tell that all of my hard work had begun to pay off. At this point, my focus was to finish the school year strong and continue to prepare for the Olympic Trials. That meant even more intense training and sacrifices had to be made in order for me to give the best performance I could for the trials. And, imagine, I did all of this while running track for my school!! In my next blog, I will discuss what happened at the trials. One of the most memorable times of my life!!
I’ll dive into some recruiting and first month of school in next entry.
Until next time….
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January 2015: Confident combo-guard handles and passes in transition; court awareness, reads pressure, executes in half-court game; manufactures, elevates in mid-range game. – Dan Olson ( espnW )
USJN Mid-America Challenge-May 2014: Athletic lead guard brings combo-game to the backcourt; manufactures, elevates in mid-range game; developing long-range threat. – Dan Olson ( espnW )