Gilder Recaps SMU Visit

Dallas Madison SG Admon Gilder talks about his interest in SMU and more!

Keith Frazier might have been a McDonald's All-American, but 2015 Dallas Madison shooting guard Admon Gilder is just as good when it comes to scoring points.

In fact, he averages 28 per game. And his AAU coach, Tony Johnson, who also mentored Frazier last year, believes Gilder will be better coming out of high school than Frazier was. So it's no surprise SMU extended an offer to the talented three-star prospect back in November and has been hard on him ever since.

When the Mustangs took on UConn earlier this month, Gilder was in attendance to watch the upset and came away impressed.

"The game was great. SMU came out and played very well. It was the first time they played in the new Moody so it was great," Gilder said. "I was sitting so close that I actually felt like I was in the game. The atmosphere was great. It was also good to see Keith Frazier come off the bench and play really well. I think I'm a little like Keith so I believe I could play their game.

"After the game, I got to talk to the coaching staff, and they were happy I was there. But I talk to them pretty much every day. Coach Ulri (Maligi) is from Dallas so we have a great bond. I love Coach (Larry) Brown because he's one of the best coaches of all-time and keeps it real with me when it comes to helping me with my game."

There were plenty of top recruits at the game including Diamond Stone, Tyler Davis, D.J. Hogg and a slew of others. But perhaps one of the most highly touted was Gilder's best friend and 2015 five-star Lancaster center Elijah Thomas.

The two have known each other since the second grade and could be quite the package deal for the Ponies.

"We've been best friends since we were kids, and I actually drove him to the game," Gilder said. "It would be amazing to play with him at the next level. We've definitely talked about it, and SMU is an option. We've talked about how good SMU could be in the future and how our style can help them."

Gilder is still taking his time with the recruiting process and is focused on leading Dallas Madison to its second consecutive state title. At the moment, Gilder holds offers from the likes of Baylor, Texas, Vanderbilt and others.

SMU is considered to be among one of his favorites, and he plans on visiting the Hilltop again later this season.

"The win over UConn was great because they've been great for years. Beating them makes me see that they're on the come up. But I've been interested in SMU since they offered," Gilder said. "They're starting to get top ranked guys like Emmanuel Mudiay, and I just have a great relationship with the coaching staff."

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