Capitol Christian will feature at least two Division I-bound guards in its back court this season, as Auteaonna Gilmore has made an oral commitment to play for Old Dominion. She joins Breonn Hughey (Towson) as one of what will likely be several Capitol Christian players making Division I commitments in the coming months.
“I felt like it was a great fit for me there when I visited on my official. The honesty Coach [Karen] Barefoot showed me, I bought into what she was telling me,” Gilmore said. “I like what she’s trying to do with the program and how she’s trying to turn them around. She wants them to be back where they used to be.”
In Gilmore, Barefoot’s getting what Capitol Christian Coach Henry Anglin calls a “point guard who’s really a combo guard,” with the ability to direct an offense as well as serve as its primary weapon in the backcourt.
“She’s really explosive, real athletic,” said Anglin, who will be coaching Gilmore for the first time this year after coaching against her Fairfax Stars AAU team for years. “She’s a great finisher at the rim, can really attack the basket and get to the foul line, and she gets a lot of teams in foul trouble.”
The 2013-14 season will be Gilmore’s first at Capitol Christian after she transferred from Riverdale Baptist prior to this season. Anglin says she’ll play at both the one and two-guard sports, though she has her sights on playing the point at the next level.
“They told me they need a real, true point guard — that they need a point guard for what they’re trying to do,” Gilmore said. “I feel like Coach Barefoot can better me as a person and a player to get to the next level.”
She won’t be the only former Riverdale Baptist standout on the Monarchs’ roster next season, as her former Crusader teammate Jennie Simms is a redshirt freshman at Old Dominion this season.
“[Simms] told me they treat her well there, that everybody’s friendly,” said Gilmore, who plans to major in criminal justice. “Everybody knows you on campus, everything like that.”
The 5-foot-8 Gilmore averaged just under 10 points per game for the Crusaders as a junior in 2012-13.
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