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CLASS OF 2015 INTRO: MONTAQUE GILL-CAESAR
By Matt Whitfield
Rob Fulford’s Huntington Prep basketball machine has the biggest name in the high school and prep ranks with Class of 2013 superstar Andrew Wiggins anchoring his team. However, Fulford now has another star waiting in the wings in Montaque Gill-Caesar.
Only a sophomore, the 6-foot-6 Gill-Caesar already has the body of a college freshman and the Canadian first caught the eye of NBE over the summer on the AAU trail with CIA Bounce at the Adidas Invitational. NBE’s Brian Bosworth was impressed with the relative unknown at the time as Gill-Caesar had a major breakout in a tough loss to the loaded Compton Magic 15U team. The small forward is a supreme athlete but doesn’t just rely on athleticism to dominate offensively and showed a wide variety of offensive weapons over the summer as he hit pull-up jumpers using 1-2 dribbles in both directions and looked both confident and comfortable doing so. We even saw him hit a 15-foot fadeaway from the low post and then he hammered in a tip-in dunk on the next possession. He looks like the next big star to come out of the well known Canadian AAU program and Huntington Prep looks to be the beneficiary in the states of his talent. He has decent reflexes and good wingspan for a player his size. Gill-Caesar describes himself as a slasher on the offensive end.
“I’m a slasher, who can hit an open shot. I can rebound and play defense and get to the line” Gill-Caesar told NBE Sports Saturday at the National High School Hoops Festival at DeMatha High School.
Gill-Caesar played basketball previously at Vaughan Secondary last year in Canada but has already seen a slew of college interest after opening eyes on the AAU trail and continuing his strong play early on during the prep circuit with Huntington Prep.
“Baylor, Ohio State, West Virginia, Indiana, Central Florida, Missouri, Kentucky all have shown interest,” said Gill-Caesar.
Gill-Caesar has no scheduled visits at this time, but judging by his response on Kentucky it appears he is high on the defending NCAA champions.
“[Calipari’s program is] great. He gets all the top players and they develop them well. They’re a team. And their fan base is crazy.”
Gill-Caesar says John Calipari has twice visited their open practices this season as well.
“[Calipari] has come to our open gym about twice early in the season,” said Gill-Caesar.
When asked what he thinks when he sees Calipari, Gill-Caesar responded, “greatness.”
Gill-Caesar is just a sophomore still who is enjoying the experience at Huntington Prep. He expects to be a leader on the team next year with Wiggins gone too.
He certainly also bounces a basketball around a lot as well.
“We spend three or four hours every day after school practicing,” said Gill-Caesar.
For now Gill-Caesar may be a little under the radar considering who he plays with, but two years from now he should be in contention to be a McDonald’s All American.
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