After a four-hour unofficial visit to Berkeley with his parents on Tuesday, Houston (Tex.) wing Jacobi Gordon sat down with his parents. Gordon had just come out to see his former AAU coach, new California assistant Chris Walker, and see what the Bears had to offer. He had no plans on committing any time soon. The visit, though, blew him away, and he became Cal's first 2018 commit.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1775911-walker-gordon-buil... "I liked the campus, I felt comfortable with the coaches," said Gordon. "Me and my parents had a long talk with the assistant coaches and the head coach, and it was just the best fit for me -- college basketball, education, and I can get to the NBA."
Gordon has a 3.7 grade point average, and chose the Bears over offers from the Bears, Baylor, Connecticut, Creighton, Georgia Tech, Houston, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Texas A&M.
"[My parents] had questions about where I was playing and education," said Gordon, who felt he wanted to commit as soon as he heard the staff tell him how they see him as a part of their plan going forward. Gordon is a quick, explosive athlete with a smooth pull-up jumper who can push the tempo and pressure opposing defenses. "When they explained to me how they were going to be playing, and where I would fit in, that blew me away. They had videos that they showed me, but it was also the education part. The education was the most important."
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound four-star prospect is ranked No. 84 overall in the 2018 class, and says that he doesn't have many interests outside of basketball -- he eats, sleeps, drinks and dreams hoops. This summer for Houston Hoops, he's averaging 11.2 points per game, and shooting 55.9% from the field, with a 9-for-27 mark from three-point range. He's averaged 4.4 rebounds per game, including 1.6 offensive boards per game. He finishes well with his right hand, and rarely goes left, but he shows plus body control, is very bouncy and unafraid to get physical, finishing well around the rim.
Gordon's commitment -- the first of 2018 for new head coach Wyking Jones, who grew up with Gordon's father -- is a tone setter. He's also on the same AAU team as another Bears target -- JaVonte Smart, the No. 1 point guard in the 2018 class. Now, he has plenty to talk with Smart about when the AAU season recommences.
"The scenery, the court, I met some of the players, and it was just great," said Gordon, who met Marcus Lee and got to see the new hardwood of Pete Newell Court get laid down. Gone is the Nike-designed Bear, and returning is a large Cal script at center court. "We walked around, drove around in the cart, and they showed me the view and the sights, the museums."
The Houston Hoops -- for whom both Gordon and Smart play -- was started by Walker shortly after he saw Gordon in his first workout back from a torn patellar tendon, and the two have a long history.
"Since Chris got there, he's been on be since he got there, and even before the offer, even before Chris got there, Wyking was the assistant, and he was on me heavy, so they've been recruiting me since Day 1," Gordon said. "[Walker] played a pretty big part, knowing that he was going to be coaching there."
Gordon will come back to campus for an official visit this fall.