Connor Gilmore was in Ottawa this week and confirmed that he will transfer and join the Gee-Gees men’s basketball program after three seasons at McMaster. In 2016-17, Gilmore was named an OUA First Team All-Star. As a transfer he will sit out the 2017-18 campaign and return to play for 2018-19.
“He’s already a super-star in the OUA with his numbers as a third year player. With 15 months to work with him, continue to develop him, and then potentially have two more years after that? That’s fantastic for our program,” says Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “It’s a three-year process and he’s absolutely ready to take advantage of it.”
Gilmore scored 19.5 points per game in 2016-17 to rank third in OUA scoring and was fifth in the conference with 9.0 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-7 forward from Etobicoke, Ont. scored a season high of 30 points against Ryerson, while his career high of 32 came against Laurier in 2015-16 and included eight treys.
“I got to develop a lot as a player at McMaster, and I’m ready to keep doing that here at Ottawa being surrounded by competitive guys,” says Gilmore. “I had a good year this year and I think it set the table for a change.” Regarding the wait until he can return to the roster, he echoes Derouin. “It’ll be a good year to get used to the system and develop. I think it will allow me to have a smooth start once I start playing again.”
Gilmore is the third McMaster player to transfer to uOttawa in recent years and he touched base with Adam Presutti during his decision, saying the feedback he received was comforting. “I respect his opinion, and he enjoyed his experience,” notes Gilmore.
“The guys really love playing at Ottawa – that’s something that you can see when they play because they are so high energy. I think my personality will fit with that,” he continues.
Interestingly, Ottawa was almost the school of choice for Gilmore when he came out of high school. “Seeing the school again was nice for sure. You look at it with a different perspective once you’ve already been in university for a few years.”
“I was disappointed we didn’t get him the first time around, but he turned into a great player there and I’m happy that he’s coming now,” concludes Derouin.