Gant: "I'm Wide Open"

Springfield (GA) Effingham Co. power forward Jakeenan Gant is being recruited by several SEC and ACC programs.

Springfield (GA) Effingham Co. power forward Jakeenan Gant is being recruited by several SEC and ACC programs.

"I have offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Syracuse, NC State," said Gant. "[Smiling] There are some more too."

At 6-foot-9 and 200 pounds, Gant is obviously a priority for a bunch of schools. However, he is approaching his recruitment with a simple approach.

"I'm wide open," he said, laughing. "I'm not leaning anywhere. I'm just focused on AAU right now."

Grant participated in the recent NBPA Top 100 Camp where he was able to showcase his game against some of the nation's top recruits while being coached by pro players. What did he think of the experience?

"It was good," he said. "I know most of the people from past years at other camps, so it's really the same for me. I tried to work on my ballhandling, getting stronger, and my shooting.

"You have to take advantage of [the professional coaching]. It was fun working with them... hearing what they thought about you."

When asked if any players stood out, Gant named a recruit that NC State fans would be familiar with: Wolfpack verbal commitment Caleb Martin.

"Martin, Caleb Martin... he stood out to me. He can do about everything.... he can really shoot it."

Gant took an unofficial visit to an ACC school prior to the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

"I just took a visit to Georgia Tech," he said. "It was good. It was my second or third time up there. I like coach Gregory... he's a cool coach. The whole staff... I like them."

Gant, who suits up for the Southern Stampede on the EYBL Nike Circuit, picked up his offer from NC State back in the spring. Wolfpack assistant Orlando Early is heading up his recruitment.

"Coach Early has been saying how we have to build a relationship," he stated. "We have to stay in touch with each other. He said if I have any questions, all I need to do is ask him.

"I'm still trying to learn about NC State, like with all the schools recruiting me."

Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 12 power forward by, Gant is in no rush to make a decision.

"I think it will be in the fall, but I'm not sure."

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