BREAKING: Freddie Gillespie (Baylor) has been selected as a 2020 Professional Basketball Combine honoree. Gillespie spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Carleton College (NCAA DIII) before earning an opportunity at the Division I level his junior season. In two seasons at Baylor, the St. Paul, Minnesota native accumulated 424 points, 385 rebounds, 23 assists, 51 steals, 94 blocks, and 6.7 win-shares.
Gillespie's path from DIII to legitimate NBA prospect is quite unique. Gillespie didn’t start playing basketball until eighth grade and didn't even play competitively his freshman year of high school. After battling an array of injuries and missing the chance to prove himself on a prominent AAU circuit, Gillespie found himself underrecruited and ended up continuing his basketball career locally at Carleton College.
Gillespie kept at it, grinding away for two seasons at the DIII level before earning a walk-on opportunity at Baylor. The rest is history.
Gillespie anchored one of the best defensive teams in the country each of the past two seasons, dominating the paint with his ~7'6" wingspan. A high IQ player with a nuanced understanding of team defensive concepts, the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Second Team All-Conference, Big 12 Most Improved Player, and Big 12 All-Defense honoree warrants serious draft consideration and would be an immediately positive locker room presence to any NBA team.
We are excited to welcome Freddie Gillespie to the PBC family and look forward to all of his future success in professional basketball!
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