South Lake’s Gilmore honored for leading hoops team to titles

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 13, 2018

 St. Clair Shores South Lake senior forward Amier Gilmore goes up for a shot during a March 5 playoff win. Gilmore was named MVP of the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division. Gilmore played a big part in the Cavs winning division and district championships. The district title was the first for South Lake since 2006.

St. Clair Shores South Lake senior forward Amier Gilmore goes up for a shot during a March 5 playoff win. Gilmore was named MVP of the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division. Gilmore played a big part in the Cavs winning division and district championships. The district title was the first for South Lake since 2006.

Photo by Deb Jacques

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores South Lake boys basketball coach Kurt Wilson Sr. calls senior forward Amier Gilmore a hard worker who’s dedicated to improving his game.

Those attributes directly led to Gilmore earning MVP honors in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.

“(Gilmore) is a great player,” Wilson said. “He’s done so much to get better — working on his jumper to extend his offensive game out of the paint, working on his ball handling. He deserves everything he gets.”

The honor comes after Gilmore led the Cavs to a 10-0 mark in the MAC Silver Division, giving the team a second straight division title. South Lake also won its first district championship since 2006, claiming a Class B crown.

“It all means a lot to me. This is a big accomplishment,” Gilmore said. “Only one player can get the award, and it was me. I know I’ve come a long way to becoming the player I am now. You don’t get the chance to have a team and a year like this often. We had a great year.”

Gilmore is a 6-foot-4-inch swingman who put up strong numbers across the board. The senior averaged 19.6 points per game, along with 11.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.6 steals per game.

Gilmore said hard work last offseason put him on the path to have a strong senior year. He said he worked on getting strong physically and conditioning.

“And I worked on my defense a lot,” Gilmore said. “I was shooting the ball and driving to the hole more. I wanted to become more of a threat on offense. I really just had to find more ways to score to help the team.”

He hasn’t signed yet, but Gilmore plans to play at the NCAA level. He’s looking at Kentucky State University and Oakland University. 

Gilmore recognizes how special the opportunity to continue his career is. Not only will the next chapter be special for Gilmore, it’ll be special for his family as well.

“I’m going to be the first one in my family to go to college,” said Gilmore, who plans to study physical therapy. “I’m just trying to make my family proud. It’ll give me a chance to get more life experience.

“I’m just looking forward to campus life — getting out and meeting people. It’ll be different. It’s big for me. A lot of people aren’t blessed with a good skill to push on after high school or go to college for free.”