Hoops star Gordon favors UT

Tennessee may have won more than a basketball game Saturday against Florida. The Vols may have won the recruiting battle for one of the state's top juniors.

Jamont Gordon, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wing from Nashville's Glenncliff High, was so impressed by UT's 65-63 upset of No. 22 Florida that he said he expects to be a Vol someday.

''My plan is to come here,'' he told The Tennessean. ''I think that's what I'm probably going to do, but I'll still look at a few other schools. I still have some time but I think this is where I'll fit in best.''

Gordon leads Metro Nashville with a 28 points-per-game scoring average. He has had two 22-rebound games and is rated the No. 25 junior in America by one service. He recently had a 30-point, 22-rebound, 6-assist, 5-block game against McGavock. UT aide Chuck Benson was in the stands for that one.

Also attending the Vol-Florida game were two more juniors the Vols hope to sign next November -- ballyhooed 6-foot-6 small forward Tyler Smith (Pulaski) and 6-1 combo guard Josh Thornton (Dover, Delaware).

Smith, like Gordon, was making an unofficial visit. He is ranked among the top 10 juniors in America by several recruiting services.

Thornton, profiled on InsideTennessee.com last Friday, was making his official visit to UT, accompanied by his parents. He's averaging 23 points per game this season and is ranked the No. 52 junior prospect in America.


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