Over the weekend, Rivals150 junior shooting guard Admon Gilder powered Dallas (Texas) Madison to a second straight state title. A repeat performer in the clutch, Gilder's recruiting star is on the rise.
During two games in Austin at the state tournament, the 6-foot-3 Gilder, who currently ranks No. 123 in the class of 2015, pumped in 55 points, grabbed 27 rebounds and recorded 13 steals.
So, what excites Gilder the most about how he played as a junior?
"The way I was scoring while being an all around player," Gilder told Rivals.com. "I was boxing out, getting rebounds and doing the extra things my team needs.
"That's just a mentality that you have to do all the little stuff. You have to want to do whatever the coach wants you to do."
No question Gilder does all of the little stuff and more. While not a high flying athlete, he is very skilled on the offensive end and he shoots a crisp jumper. he navigates ball screens well and is an excellent passer and good defender. He is going to be rising in the rankings and college coaches know all about him.
"Schools are starting to offer me from the Big 12, the SEC and SMU," said Gilder. "Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Arkansas."
Lately, Larry Brown and the Mustangs have been making a big effort to recruit locally and Gilder is aware of the push from them.
"The coaches are tremendous," said Gilder of SMU. "They are funny, straight forward and everything and they just tell me what I need to know. Knowing that I live down the street from SMU they are just a little bit harder at me because they say it could be the best fit if I'm going to stay home."
Given his success during his trips to Austin over the past few years, it's not a surprise that Texas has turned up their interest as of late.
"They have turned it up a lot," said Gilder. "They like the way I've been playing and the way that my character is."
This summer, Gilder says that he'll be back on the road with the Dallas Mustangs and he's planning to cut his list down after travel ball finishes. He also confirmed that he and five-star Texan Elijah Thomas talk frequently about college and the possibility of attending the same school.
"We talk about it every day," said Gilder. "We both just give our own opinion and talk about how we like each school and whether we could fit there."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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