Gordon Mulls Options

Tennessee's chances of signing basketball star Jamont Gordon in November appear to be a long shot, while the odds of inking him in April may be even more remote.

Gordon, who is ranked the nation's No. 7 shooting guard by The Insiders says Tennessee is currently trailing Memphis in the battle for his services. However, the situation is complicated by the fact that he can't currently take any official visits because he has yet to take his SAT. He plans to do that Oct. 22, but if he doesn't sign in November his list of prospective schools could widen, according to Steve Smith, his head coach at Oak Hill Academy. Gordon transferred to the school located in Mouth of Wilson, Va. this year so that he could concentrate on improving his game and his grades.

"He says Memphis and Tennessee and he says Memphis is leading," Smith told The Insiders Dave Telep. "If he goes past the early signing it'll be another group."

While 6-foot-31/2, 215-pound Gordon's 28-point per game average has attracted a lot of interest, offers have been limited because many of his serious pursuers want to know he'll be eligible next season. Otherwise, it would be a sign-and-place scenario for any team making that commitment. Tennessee, Memphis and Miami have extended unconditional offers while Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Oklahoma and Texas have recruited him, but withheld offers.

Wherever Gordon goes, he'll bring plenty of game.

"He's doing what he's supposed to be doing and he works hard," Smith said. "He'll get to the rim a bunch. You can post him, he's a big guard and he'll make some 3s. He's got some game and he's a big-time player. He's just got to be harnessed a little."

Gordon is athletic enough to drive from the wing and strong enough to post up smaller guards. He's got a nice array of mid-range jumpers and is working to refine his ball handling and shooting skills.

Gordon has been a primary target for Tennessee's Buzz Peterson along with Giles County small forward Tyler Smith who is taking an official visit to UT this weekend for the Vols season opener. Getting one of the two in-state prospects is considered essential to Peterson's success at Tennessee. UT's head coach declared retaining Tennessee talent to be a prime goal last fall after the Vols lost Portland's Corey Brewer to Florida.


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