Jakeenan Gant is a 4-star power forward with a versatile game. That talent has led to a ton of interest from ACC and SEC schools. That includes Syracuse who recently offered the Springfield (GA) product.
"I have offers from Syracuse, Marquette, Mississippi State, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Miami, Florida State, and some others," Gant said. "I don't know who offered me from Syracuse. They made the offer to my coach and I found out on twitter. When I found out, I was just wowed. I was shocked, really. It was cool."
While Gant has not spoken to a member of the Syracuse staff, he has interest in the Orange. With so many south eastern schools after the 6-foot-8 prospect, it begs the question whether distance from home will be a factor. Gant says the school's location will not play a factor, and he has no early favorites.
"I don't have any favorites right now," Gant admitted. "I get the most calls from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and Miami. And Missouri, I have an offer from them too. I don't care where I end up."
Over the past weekend, Gant took a visit to Clemson to take in a game day atmosphere. He was very impressed by what the Tigers have to offer.
"It was a good game and a good crowd," Gant claimed. "They lost at the buzzer but it was a good crowd. They went wild and it was fun."
The Effingham County High product has not visited the Orange, but would like to see what the Syracuse campus is like. He added he would fit well into Jim Boeheim's zone system.
"We play in a zone sometimes," Gant said. "It really saves your legs on defense so it's kind of easy. I'd fit in well in Syracuse's zone because I'm athletic and quick."
Not in any rush to make a final decision, the 9th best power forward in the 2014 class knows what he's looking for in a program.
"I'm going to wait until the last minute," Gant explained. "Playing time, up-tempo offense that's run through me are the biggest factors for me."