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Gilder emerges in junior season

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Not much was known about Dallas Madison shooting guard Admon Gilder nationally coming into this past high school basketball season. Despite being a significant part of a state championship winning team as a sophomore, the 6-foot-3 scoring guard managed to stay under the radar.
As a junior, he once again played a big role in leading his high school team to a state championship and this time averaged 25.2 points and 12 rebounds along the way. That type of production drew the attention of the top college coaches in the region.
"I've been talking to a lot of Big 12 schools, a lot of SEC schools and other schools like Virginia Tech, Wichita State, SMU and a few others," Gilder said. "From the SEC and Big 12, I talk to Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Baylor."
Prior to his junior season, Gilder took several unofficial visits with some teammates to schools such as Baylor, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU and Texas.
In the past couple years, SMU has become a major player for several top players from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Gilder has certainly taken notice of the Mustangs recent success.
"It's a nice program. They are on the rise. They are getting in on some top prospects and trying to sustain some success. They should have been in the NCAA tournament this year in my opinion. Larry Brown has done a good job there."
Baylor is another school that has reeled in top players out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area since Scott Drew's arrival in Waco. Their success developing those top players has caught Gilder's attention.
"Baylor has been good for a few years now. They have had a lot of players go to the NBA. Their coaches do a great job developing players. Me and King McClure, who just committed there, have played together before and it would be cool to play with him again."
TCU head coach Trent Johnson is still in the process of building up the Horned Frogs' program and is hoping to secure a signature from Gilder in November to help that process.
"Even though they didn't have a great year, their coaches are still really cool and keep it straight. It's a great school overall. It would be nice to go there and be a part turning them around."
Texas always seems to be a major player for top players in the Lone Star state. Its most recent signee Myles Turner decided to stay home and play for the Longhorns, and Rick Barnes' staff is hoping Gilder will do the same in the 2015 class.
"Texas has been so good for so many years now. Coach Barnes just got the second ranked player in the country from Texas, so they will stay really good."
With so many top programs competing for his commitment, Gilder remains open to all schools right now. But, that won't be the case for too much longer as he plans to trim his list down this summer.
"I like all the schools the same way right now until I sit down and really think about it. I'll probably cut my list down during the summer, take a few visits, and then commit sometime at the beginning of the school year. "
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