Gideon Gamble, a shooting guard from Westlake High School in Atlanta, has committed to Winthrop, giving head coach Randy Peele his second recruit for 2008.
Gamble visited UCF early in September and had an offer from the Golden Knights. But Gamble committed to the Eagles after visiting Rock Hill this past weekend. He was also recruited by East Carolina, Toledo, Marshall, Tennessee Tech, Tulane and Alabama-Birmingham. He reportedly had offers from Toledo and Tulane.
Gamble, who also played for the Atlanta Celtics, one of the top AAU programs in Georgia, helped lead Westlake High to a 22-8 mark and a tie for first place in Region 2-AAAA. He teamed with Raymond Willis, also being recruited by UCF, to give Westlake a pair of double-figure scorers up front.
Gamble averaged around 14 points per game.
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While some scouting services have listed him as a 6-foot-5 small forward, Gamble is at least two inches taller, weighs 175 pounds and plays shooting guard. He might be closer to 6-8 than 6-7.
Neither Gamble nor his high school coach, Darron Rogers, could not be reached for comment Monday.
Long-armed and athletic, Gamble's strengths are putting the ball on the floor to score, handling the ball in the open floor and passing. His size allows him to see over defenders. He needs to add strength and a few more pounds.
Scouthoops.com, a national recruiting service, gives him a three-star rating out of five.
Winthrop also has a commitment for 2008 from 6-1 point guard Reggie Middleton of Glenn Hills High School in Augusta, Ga.
Under NCAA rules, Peele cannot comment on a recruit until after he has signed a national letter of intent. The fall signing period begins Nov. 14.