FREE: Gilder includes SMU in top six

Dallas Madison SG Admon Gilder got one step closer to a decision by releasing his top six schools. He gave Billy the scoop on why SMU stayed.

SMU has been in the hunt for a SG since Matt McQuaid decommitted. One option, who's a deadly shooter is Dallas Madison 2015 4-star SG Admon Gilder.

Gilder kept SMU in his top six schools and it's no surprise he did.

"One of the schools right to close and also, one of the schools that offered me right at the start of my high school career," Gilder said. "Also, they have Larry Brown, one of the best coaches of all time."

The other schools include, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Baylor.

With four schools in Texas, some would think staying close to home is the most important thing, but Gilder says that's not the case. It's another factor that kept these schools in it for his recruitment.

"The schools that are going to help me get better in my development and give me the opportunity to come in my freshman year and have a great impact," Gilder said.

Going out of state to KSU or OSU to represent Dallas would also be special.

"Oklahoma State they have a few players from Dallas that are there, but it would be great representing Dallas," Gilder said.

Gilder put SMU in his top four and it's mostly because of his relationship with coach Ulric Maligi.

"I talk to coach Ulric mostly everyday," Gilder said. "I have a great relationship with him."

Gilder doesn't know whether or not he will use an official for his SMU visit, but expects to visit in September.

Baylor always calls Gilder everyday and keeps up constantly as well.

"They keep check on me and show great interest in me," Gilder said.

One big time school in the running is Texas and Gilder is used to playing well there.

"Texas is one of the first big-time schools to offer me after I went down to Austin and had a great performance," Gilder said. "They immediately offered me. They've always kept a great relationship with me."

"A&M has followed me for a long time, offering me in my sophomore year," Gilder said. "I have a great relationship with coach Kennedy. He came to almost all my games this summer."

It's all about relationship and feel for Gilder, who is going to commit before his high school season, allowing him to focus on his senior year.

Gilder just recently competed in the Reebok at Rucker Classic, a showcase at the legendary Rucker Park in New York City.

"Just having the opportunity to go up there and play where so many great players have played before, it was just a great experience," Gilder said. "I went there with my best friend."

Gilder's best friend is Elijah Thomas a highly touted prospect that SMU is after. Gilder was honored and happy to share the court with other top prospects, especially Thomas.

"We have a great chemistry. We've known each other for a long time," Gilder said. "He's one of the best big men in the country and I'm one of the best shooters in the country."

Thomas and Gilder talk everyday about playing together.

"If it happens, it happens, but most definitely right now we are trying to play together and go to the same school," Gilder said. "Yes sir, very interested (in playing for SMU)."

Gilder will take his officials then sit down with his parents and decide on a school.

"It will be great. I won't have to go through high school worrying about all these different colleges."

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