Admon Gilder has been a frequent visitor at SMU games this season.
The four-star shooting guard out of Dallas Madison has been to new Moody three times, and each experience has been better and better. While Gilder was impressed with SMU's wins over Connecticut and Memphis, the Cincinnati victory blew him away.
"Of all the games I've been to, that one was the best. Every single fan there was so intense," Gilder said. "They're playing in a great environment. It's great to see that they are able to beat big teams. They're ranked No. 23 now so that's big. It moved SMU up in my mind."
Only a junior, Gilder still has plenty of time to make a decision. But SMU has been high on his list since the Mustangs extended an offer back in November. A big reason why is his communication with the coaching staff.
Gilder is part of the Dallas Mustangs AAU program, where SMU assistant coach Ulric Maligi got his start. The two have a strong relationship for obvious reasons, and Gilder says he is connecting more with head coach Larry Brown as well.
"My interest in SMU has always been the same. They are one of the best programs, and it's getting better and better with Larry Brown," Gilder said. "I talk to them (Brown and Maligi) almost every day. They're just really good guys.
"They have a lot of great info to share with me so I try to take in as much as possible. Coach Brown is one of the best coaches of all time. It's a blessing to be able to learn from him. He's been around the game for years, and he's really vocal. He's been to a couple of my games this year and has been telling me to keep up the hard work."
Gilder, who holds double digit offers, says he is taking the recruiting process slow and does not plan to make a decision anytime soon. He does, however, hope to make it to a few more SMU games this season and added that he might take an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State.
Although they don't play on the same team, Gilder's best friend is five-star center Elijah Thomas, who was also in attendance for SMU's win over Cincinnati. There have been rumblings that they might be a package deal, and Gilder confirmed that they have talked about going to the same school together.
"Me and Elijah have been best friends since the second grade. We have a great bond and talk about everything from food to girls," Gilder said. "We have talked about going to the same school. After that game, we talked about how SMU is on the come up and how it would be a good fit for both of us."
Gilder is among the top scorers in the state and is averaging 25.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Last season, he led Dallas Madison to a state championship and believes he can do it again this season.
"Everything has been going good for me and my team. We have big game against Triple A before the playoffs so hopefully we can win that one, " Gilder said. "I think we can definitely repeat. We just have to keep it going."
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