I was in the mood for basketball this morning, but the UK-Florida game wasn’t slated to start on CBS until noon ET.
Then I discovered Prayer for a Perfect Season.
The notes said the HBO documentary follows the St. Patrick’s High School basketball team in their quest for the 2010-2011 national championship. St. Patrick’s is located in nearby Elizabeth, New Jersey, so I gave it a look.
Imagine my surprise when the star of the St. Patrick’s Celtics team was none other than –
I should say Michael Gilchrist, because he went by that moniker as a high school senior. It wasn’t until he began his collegiate career at the University of Kentucky that he added the ‘Kidd’ in memory of his uncle, who died during the filming.
On the day he signed his UK national letter of intent, in fact.
The documentary cameras capture Gilchrist, his St. Pat’s teammates and their families in moments both high and low.
And while I may have watched Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in his NCAA Championship season at Kentucky last year, I feel like I know him a lot better today.
And appreciate him even more.