Kentucky's Michael Gilchrist changes his name to honor family

July 9, 2011 


St Patrick's Michael Gilchrist glides under the basket for a pass against White Station (TN) during their Newark National Invitational boys basketball game on Jan. 30, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.


The University of Kentucky men's basketball team added a new name, if not a new player, on Friday.

Michael Gilchrist has changed his last name to Kidd-Gilchrist, the incoming freshman announced on his Twitter account.

Kidd-Gilchrist, part of UK's top-ranked 2011 recruiting class, said that is the name that will appear on the back of his Wildcats uniform.

The 6-foot-7 forward made the change to honor his father and his uncle. Kidd-Gilchrist's uncle, Darrin Kidd, died of a heart attack on the day the player signed with UK. Michael Gilchrist Sr. was shot and killed in 1996.

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