Daniel Gilbert (basketball)

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Daniel Gilbert
Personal information
Born (1983-02-28) February 28, 1983 (age 35)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Playing career 2005–2012
Position Guard
Career history
2005–2006 FC Schalke 04
2006–2008 Guildford Heat
2008–2009 Boulazac Dordogne
2009–2011 Worcester Wolves
2011–2012 Montevideo
Career highlights and awards

Daniel Gilbert is a retired American professional basketball player. Standing at 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), currently playing as a shooting guard for Worcester Wolves in the British Basketball League, where he was built up a reputation as one of the finest swingmen in the league.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 28, 1983, Gilbert attended the University at Buffalo, and in his senior year was part of the memorable Buffalo Bulls team that, led by fellow guard Turner Battle, went on an improbable run to the Mid-American Conference Championship, beating Western Michigan in the semi-finals at the Gund Arena in Cleveland. In the MAC final, the Bulls lost in overtime to Ohio University on a tip-in by Leon Williams with 0.5 seconds remaining, thus, the Bulls failed to clinch the automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[1]

Gilbert, considered to be one of the best defenders to ever don a Bulls' jersey, averaged 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals his senior season while also setting the school record for games played in a career (118).[2]

Upon graduating in 2005, he went on to sign a professional contract with German second division team FC Schalke. When interviewed after his signing, Gilbert said "I am excited about the opportunity to play professionally, I knew that I would play overseas some day, I am just surprised that it happened so fast." In his one season in Germany, Gilbert averaged 18 points per game, while recording his season-high 33 points in a 92-79 home victory over Rhöndorf.

For the 2006-07 season, Gilbert made the move to England, where he signed for Paul James's Guildford Heat side, who were only in their second year of existence. A major coup for the side, Gilbert became a pivotal player in leading the club to its first ever BBL title. He averaged an impressive 16.9 points in 33.9 minutes per game.

He returned for a second season to lead the Heat into the ULEB Cup, the club's debut in European competition. He aided the team to their first trophy of the season, picking up the BBL Cup Winners' Cup after defeating Plymouth Raiders. In 2008, he signed for French team Boulazac Basket Dordogne but after one year returned to Britain to play under Coach James once again for the Worcester Wolves.