While SMU basketball is off to a hot start, it's clear the team could still use someone who can knock down shots from anywhere on the floor. The focus in 2014 is a big man but in 2015, it's been mostly about guards.
The coaching staff sent out numerous offers to premier junior point and shooting guards over the last couple of months including Dallas Madison's Admon Gilder.
"They offered me in the summer. I like SMU a lot," Gilder said. "It's the second school that offered me so that means something to me. I also like how Keith Frazier and Emmanuel Mudiay committed there. I could definitely see myself playing with them."
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound shooting guard has a quick trigger from beyond the arc and can score at will. Last season, Gilder averaged 19.2 points per game and led Dallas Madison to a win over Houston Yates in the 3A state title game.
Gilder compares his game to Golden State Warriors combo guard Stephen Curry because of his versatility at both the one and the two. Gilder believes he can bring a similar skillset to SMU and says his discipline will make him a perfect fit under head coach Larry Brown.
"I feel like I can learn more from Coach Brown than any other coach out there. He's an awesome coach. He's coached in the NBA, and he's a Hall of Famer," Gilder said. "My dad really likes him too because he knows Coach Brown in strict and will be hard on me just like he is. I'm using to playing disciplined basketball, and I know Coach Brown really likes that."
Gilder and his father got a first hand look at Brown's coaching style when he made an unofficial visit to check out a practice a few weeks ago.
"I've actually visited SMU a couple of times. The last one was about two weeks ago with my dad. We watched practice, and it was basically like an NBA style practice," Gilder said. "I really liked the way Coach Brown handled his players and taught them everything.
"I also got to see the campus, and it's really nice. It's not too big so you get to meet a lot of people. It's also close to home, and the academics are great. My parents really like it too because of the education and Coach Brown."
But it's not just about Brown. Gilder also has a very close relationship with SMU assistant coach Ulric Maligi.
"Coach Ulric is the one who offered me. He's a really cool guy. I actually talked to him today after practice, and he just wished me good luck for my game tomorrow against Kimball," Gilder said. "He's from Dallas so he knows where I come from, and I can really relate to him. Coach Brown keeps it real too though. He texts me and always makes me laugh. They're both really cool coaches."
Along with SMU, Gilder currently holds offers from Boise State, Houston, South Florida, TCU, Tulsa and Vanderbilt. Gilder plans on taking the recruiting process slow but has an early top three of Boise State, SMU and TCU.
Gilder says he will definitely check out at least one of SMU's home games this year, but his main focus right now is on winning another championship not recruiting.
"This season we're going to go back there and win state again. This time, I want to win the MVP and make sure I do whatever I can to help my team," Gilder said. "My goal is to score about 23 points per game and step up as a key leader."
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