On the opening night of the Tarkanian Classic, 2018 recruit Jacobi Gordon emerged as a potential high major recruit, scoring 28 points in Global Learning’s win over Cooper Academy.
“It was a tough one, seeing that we only had six players but other than that I think I played good and did what I needed to do to get the win for the team,” Gordon said.
In the past, Gordon, a 6-foot-6 forward, has scored it well at the rim, but on Thursday, he was not only aggressively getting to the rim, but he also made a trio of three-pointers.
“I’ve gotten better about it,” he said when asked about his scoring attack moving to the perimeter. “I’ve been working on it from the summer until now. My three-point shot as has gotten way better, my pull-up has gotten better too. Driving has always been my thing, but I wanted to work on playing outside first.”
What’s the next step in his development?
“Just trying to get better with my ball handling and getting a better feel for the game, coming off screens and getting the ball to the big man,” Gordon said.
“It’s great,” he said about the recruiting process. “I’ve liked everything that has happened. I’m trying to get bigger offers than the ones I have. More from the ACC and the SEC.”
Gordon has already taken unofficial visits to Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UCLA. According to Gordon, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and UCLA are prioritizing him right now.
“Iowa State, OSU and UCLA are trying to get me to see where I can fit in with their programs,” he said. “Those schools are recruiting me hard and I have a good relationship with all the coaches.”
Gordon’s father is from Los Angeles and has connection for Bruins assistant Duane Broussard.
“They want to see me knock down more outside shots and pull-ups and things of that nature,” Gordon said when asked about UCLA’s interest.
“I like UCLA,” he added. “My dad is from there. I love the city and all of that. I love the campus. Me and the coach are close. He’s close to my mom.”
With Iowa State, Gordon said there’s a draw with their style of play. “I like their coach,” Gordon said. “I like the way they play and their head coach, I’m real close with their head coach. I love they way they play fast and get up and down the court.”
Gordon already knows some of the players at Oklahoma State and that is among the reasons he has interest in their program.
“I like the passion they have,” he said. “They really want me there. I visited and I knew some of the players and the players were excited to hear that the coach had offered me.”