I'm not comparing Gilchrist to Davis. PHILOSOPHICALLY, I'm comparing him to Gerald Wallace.
I think it was that idiot Chad Ford who said that Gilchrist was always playing through some injury when he covered him in High School based on his style. Wasn't fully injured, but always had a bruise or a minor sprain, or something. That'll catch up to him eventually.
Yeah MKG was a little two hard-headed in high school. Fortunately, that doesn't usually fly with college coaches and it sure doesn't fly with NBA coaches.
Here is an article by Joseph Treutlein (DraftExpress) on a game that he saw St Pat's and MKG take on Findlay Prep during the 2010-2011 season.
In the first few minutes of #1 ranked St. Patrick's game against #3 ranked Findlay,Michael Gilchrist re-aggravated a leg injury, as he started severely hobbling around the court. His coach pulled him out of the game immediately, but he demanded to be put back in within minutes. For the rest of the game, Gilchrist refused to leave the game, despite seemingly bruising another part of his lower body every time he attacked the basket. Still, he consistently ran the floor and fearlessly took the ball to the hole, dead set on doing everything he can to help his team win, playing 29 of 32 minutes.
From a scouting standpoint, not much can be taken away from this game in terms of Gilchrist's skills or athletic ability, as he was clearly playing at nowhere near 100%. Before re-aggravating his injury, he made one nice baseline drive to the rim, and seemed to show good body control for most of the game, but he got by purely on heart and determination, scoring 19 points and pulling in 8 rebounds while getting to the free throw line 10 times.
In terms of his shooting, Gilchrist has a noticeable hitch in his mechanics, which is very problematic when he's pulling up. His motion is consistent and accurate, though, as evidenced by his 9-for-10 shooting at the line. Honing his perimeter shooting ability will be the next step in Gilchrist's development, but he still has plenty of time to work on that.
The biggest thing to take away from this performance is how rare of a competitor Gilchrist truly is, especially for a player of his caliber. The logical thing to do for the #1 ranked junior in the country to do in a fairly meaningless regular season high school game would be to not risk getting hurt any worse, but Gilchrist would have none of that. Instead, he fought extremely hard on both ends of the court, risking his body on every play.