Playing very well this season for powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, Nashville, Tenn., native Jamont Gordon has more than just the University of Tennessee keeping tabs on him. A new school from the SEC has now jumped into the recruitment of Gordon, the No. 15 ranked player in the Rivals150.
"It's pretty much the same schools still, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh and now Florida," said Gordon, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound wing player. "Florida started recruiting me last time we were in California."
Gordon is expecting Florida to make a trip to Mouth of Wilson, Va., in the near future, and if they are serious about Gordon, he will be serious about the Gators.
"I'm going to take a look at them," he said. "I'd like to play for them. They are well coached and usually make it to the tournament. That's what I want to do, make it to the tournament and be seen."
Powerfully built, Gordon is a force around the basket, either posting up, driving or rebounding. His shot has not developed as expected while at Oak Hill, but his shot selection and defensive play have dramatically improved.
His home state school Tennessee has been in the mix from day one and still appears to be the front runner to land Gordon.
Alabama has the proximity to Nashville that Gordon would like in future school, but it is uncertain how serious Alabama is about Gordon, since he has yet to qualify.
Mississippi State's interest in Gordon stems from the fact that they will likely lose signee Monta Ellis to the NBA.
And Gordon's physicality and ability to defend and grind it out around the basket are a perfect fit for the Pittsburgh system.
Illinois is one school that was on Gordon's list but is no longer involved with Gordon.
Gordon is averaging 18 points and 6 rebounds per game and is still waiting for his ACT score from his latest attempt at the test.