“It went very well. I’ve been there many times now (on unofficial visits), so basically I’d seen everything and was kind of familiar with it all,” said Gilder.
He said he was able to spend more time with the Cowboys team on his official visit.
“I got to see some other things and got to hand out with the team a lot more. It was great to hang out with the team. They were fun to get along with,” said Gilder, who said Leyton Hammonds was his host but that he spent much of the weekend with the entire team.
“I would have to say (the highlight of the weekend) was hanging out with the team and getting to know them.”
Gilder, who is ranked as the 30th-best shooting guard in the nation by scouthoops.com, visited Baylor earlier this month and will be making an official visit to SMU next weekend. He said he hopes to make a decision in mid-October.
“Basically, (I’ll chose the school) who’s going to be able to help me with my development (as a player), and getting my degree. The school that’s going to have the resources to help me in life, and not just basketball. Then when I come in my freshman year whether I would have an opportunity to play. That’s basically what I’m looking for in a program,” he said.
Gilder made the trip up Interstate-35 with his parents, who he said were impressed with what they saw in Stillwater.
“They loved it. They loved the coaching staff. They loved the environment. They loved the academic part of it. I think they loved everything about it,” he said.
Gilder and Thomas have been friends since they began playing basketball together in the second grade. He says the pair would like to play together in college but they are not set on being a package deal.
“We’ve talked about it but we’ll just have to see how it goes. If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t,” he said.
How would Gilder sum up the official visit? “It was a great time basically,” he said.