RICHMOND, Va. – Michael Gilmore (Jacksonville, Fla.), who helped lift VCU to an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in 2015 and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, will return to the Rams in 2018-19 as a graduate transfer, Head Coach Mike Rhoades announced Wednesday.
"Michael will be a great addition to our family," Rhoades said. "He knows what it takes to succeed at VCU, and we are fired up to watch him work with his teammates to achieve our goals. He loves VCU. We are looking forward to working with he and his teammates this summer to lead into a great season. His length and versatility fits our style of play, and combining him with our returners and newcomers is exciting."
"I'm excited to be able to finish my college career at VCU," Gilmore said. "I have a personal connection with the program and hope to provide anything I can to continue its success."
A 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward, Gilmore averaged 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season for Atlantic Sun Conference regular season champion Florida Gulf Coast. Gilmore appeared in 24 games last year for the Eagles, including 20 starts. He connected on 48 percent (62-of-130) attempts from the floor.
Gilmore recorded a pair of double-doubles last season for FGCU and poured in a season-high 16 points in an A-Sun Conference Tournament game against North Florida. He later supplied seven points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots against Oklahoma State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Gilmore enjoyed one of his best performances in a VCU uniform in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Oklahoma in 2016. In that contest, Gilmore led the Rams back from a double-digit deficit with 12 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes.
He joins a VCU team that returns three starters and won 18 games last year in Rhoades' first season.