NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – The most highly anticipated matchup in the Peach Jam championship on Sunday was the showdown between Trae Jones and Quade Green, but in the post, Carte’Are Gordon continued to prove a point. It’s a point the Missouri target has been making during an impressive summer stretch. Even though he has two years left in high school, Gordon was determined to have a strong showing against the top talent from the 2017 recruiting class.
He said the goal was accomplished with a victory in the championship. His next goal is a state championship with his high school team in Missouri. Before that though, Gordon plans to handle some recruiting business over the next year.
“I’ll make a list soon, and I’ll commit before my senior year,” Gordon said.
The Missouri Tigers hope to be on that list for the 4-star power forward. Gordon said the Tigers are very much in the hunt and has what could be a much-needed bonus going for it – the location of the school.
“I talk to coach (Kim) Anderson a lot and coach (Corey) Tate. They’re great people,” Gordon said. “And obviously, that’s my home state, so that’s great, too.”
How strong that home-state advantage is in the recruitment of Gordon remains to be seen, as top-tier programs like Kansas are also in the hunt. Gordon also mentioned that he liked coach Anderson’s style of play.
“They let their bigs play,” he said to sum it up.
The 6-foot-9, 255 pound power forward showed how well he can work down low over the course of the past few months. Gordon won a gold medal and a Peach Jam title this month, something he said further proves he can compete on an elite level. The rising junior from Webster Groves High School was a member of the United States U17 team that won gold at the FIBA World Championship in Spain.
During that tournament, he averaged 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. After a short turnaround, he joined his MOKAN Elite team at the Peach Jam, the final session of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, and won the Peach Jam championship alongside top 2017 recruits Young and Michael Porter Jr..
That’s where Gordon feels as thought he proved his biggest point. He banged down low with the big men from the class of 2017 throughout the session. He battled, at times, with Nick Richards (No. 2 center in 2017 class) in a pool-play game and then took on 2017’s No. 1 recruit DeAndre Ayton in the semifinals and No. 2 recruit, Mohamed Bamba, in the championship game.
“It’s a blessing to be here. I went out there and did what I do. I’m just as good as those guys; I knew that, so I had to go out there and prove it,” Gordon said. “They’re both great players and competitive, but I knew I could play with them.”
That ability to play against anyone is what has Gordon currently ranked as the 71st best recruit in the nation in the class of 2018. he has plans on improving that over the next few years with some of the things he’s learned with team USA and on the EYBL circuit.