June 14, 2007

Gamble will have followers this summer

Mid-major programs will certainly be shadowing Gideon Gamble, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound wing from Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake, this summer during the busy evaluation period.

The three-star prospect has a number of mid-level schools hot after his commitment while a couple of bigger programs will sneak a peek. Gamble said he hopes his game continues to grow in order to give the coaches something to think about.

"My confidence has grown every time I play," Gamble said. "I'm kind of proud of myself. I do a lot of drills at my school and I can do them fine there. I am still trying to tell myself that I can do them in the game. I can't be intimidated by other people. I had a good conversation with my coach and my brother and they see little glimpses of what I can do. I know I need to put it all together."

Gamble said he has offers from Furman, Tennessee Tech, Charleston Southern and Toledo while schools like Xavier, Virginia Commonwealth, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson and UAB are charting him.

"Xavier is real interested. South Carolina wants me to visit. Clemson has really picked up a lot. They've been talking to my coach a lot," Gamble said.

Gamble recently tripped to Toledo and liked what he saw when he was there.

"I liked the trip to Toledo. I like the fact that they treated me like their top priority," Gamble said. "They showed me around and I like coach (Stan) Joplin's point of view. He's a family guy and places an emphasis on academics. I like their style of play and how I can play a lot early. I love that part of it."

Playing right away is a high priority, Gamble said.

"If I don't play the first year, if I don't red-shirt, I want to be working on the court where I can develop and gain some weight then contribute more for the next three years."

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