Gordon leaning to UT?

Proximity may be the determining factor in the recruitment of prep basketball star Jamont Gordon. If so, the Tennessee Vols have that working in their favor.

Gordon, a muscular 6-4 wing from Nashville, averaged 28 points per game as a junior at Nashville Glencliff last year. Now attending Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, he is rated the No. 33 prospect in the class of 2005 by Scout.com.

Gordon indicates he'd like to play for a school located within driving distance of his Nashville home.

''I want to be able to drive home when I want to see my family,'' Gordon told Dave Telep of Scout.com this week. ''It's also got to be a winning program.''

Once believed to be leaning to the University of Memphis, Gordon now says four schools are in the mix -- Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama and Illinois. Distance should weigh heavily against Illinois, leaving the three SEC schools. For what it's worth, Mississippi State lost to Tennessee by 1 and to Alabama by 49 in the past 10 days.

Gordon plans to wait until season's end to make visits and make a decision on his college future. Certainly, he and Pulaski's Tyler Smith, who signed with UT in November, would give the Vols a couple of nice homegrown building blocks for the future.

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