After landing two of the top prospects in the state, Texas A&M has picked up another commitment from one of the region’s elite guards.
Admon Gilder, the 6’3 sharpshooter from Dallas, announced Wednesday his intentions to join Tyler Davis and D.J. Hogg in Aggieland next season, forming one of the top classes in both the state and the Southeastern Conference.
For a school that traditionally brings in otherwise mediocre recruits, these key three additions have the potential to put College Station back on the map for the first time since Acie Law and DeAndre Jordan led the Aggies to a 24-10 record and third-place finish in the Big 12 back in 2007.
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy has the pieces to make a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time in his three-year tenure in College Station. Tyler Davis, a five-star prospect and No. 2 player in the Texas Top 100 composite rankings, has the talent to make an immediate impact at any school in the country. Standing 6’10 and boasting a weight of 270 pounds, Davis has an NBA body and the talent to excel on both ends of the floor.
While Davis will serve as the enforcer down low, Hogg and Gilder are expected to put up points in bunches. At 6’7, Hogg is one of the more versatile scorers in the state, showcasing a variety of ways to make shots from on the block to well beyond the three-point line during his junior season. The fourth-ranked player in the state will unequivocally improve on his 20.2 points per game average this season as he continues to add to his unique skill set.
A two-time 3A state champion, Gilder has established himself as the face of Madison High School in Dallas, where he recorded some staggering numbers – 25.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. The rangey guard also posseses the speed and agility to get to the basket in a flash, causing an array of problems for any defender that picks him up.
As the 2014-2015 season draws closer, commitments are piling up and speculation on which of the top players will go where continues to build. Included in this fall frenzy is the recruitment by committed players to unsigned players, and Gilder has made it obvious he wants to bring in No. 1 ranked Eli Thomas to Texas A&M. Gilder told The Dallas Morning News the pair have been best friends since second grade, and he is actively communicating with Thomas to bring in the 6’9 forward from Lancaster.
The Texas A&M recruiting class is shaping up nicely, but if Kennedy and the Aggie coaching staff can ink Thomas as well, we might be witnessing the dawn of a new basketball power in the SEC.
UPDATE: Elijah Thomas announced his commitment to Texas A&M in January, solidifying the Aggies as the top class in the state and certainly the SEC.