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Michael Gilchrist has heart of a lion

St. Patrick basketball star overcomes family tragedy on his way to success

Originally Published: April 30, 2011
By Brandon Parker | ESPNHS.com

On April 14, 2010, Michael Gilchrist turned tragedy into triumph.

It was the spring of Michael's junior year at St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.), and the most sought-after player in the country announced his commitment to Kentucky live on ESPNU. The date April 14 had long flooded Michael's heart with sorrow. For the past 13 years, his biological father's birthday would come and go, only the late Michael Gilchrist Sr. wasn't around to celebrate.

Although his absence from Michael's ...

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