USF's Gilchrist signs with NBDL's Iowa Energy
Former USF basketball player Gus Gilchrist has signed with the Iowa Energy of the NBDL, giving the forward a potential path to a contract in the NBA.
Gilchrist, listed at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, helped the Bulls to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years last spring, with the first two NCAA wins in Bulls history as well. The Bulls have sorely missed a strong inside presence this season as they have struggled to a 1-7 start in Big East play, a year after going 12-6 in the conference.
The Iowa Energy is affiliated with four NBA teams -- New Orleans, Chicago, Denver and Washington -- and Gilchrist could see his first action on Friday night as the Energy play host to the Springfield Armor. The Energy has some familiar Big East names on roster, like Syracuse's Paul Harris, Georgetown's Chris Wright and Louisville's Terrence Jennings.
He's not the only USF player in the D-League this season -- Ron Anderson is playing for the Tulsa 66ers, averaging 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds off the bench; Solomon Bozeman is averaging 8.3 points and 2.5 assists for the Texas Legends; and Jarrid Famous is getting 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds for the L.A. D-Fenders.