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Florida juco big man visits Wichita State with a bonus on his resume

By Paul Suellentrop

psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com

August 25, 2017 03:38 PM

UPDATED August 25, 2017 03:44 PM

Wichita State’s efforts to replace six seniors for the 2018-19 season continue this weekend with three visitors to campus.

Memphis East point guard Alex Lomax, ranked No. 122 nationally in the class of 2018 by Rivals.com, St. Petersburg, Fla., guard Serrel Smith and Northwest Florida State college big Andrew Gordon are scheduled to check out Wichita State’s basketball program.

Gordon (6-foot-9) is enrolled at Northwest. He won’t play this season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament early this summer. That will leave him three seasons of eligibility at an NCAA Division I school, adding to his appeal.

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Northwest coach Steve DeMeo says Gordon, from Clearwater, Fla., can play center and power forward. According to this story from the Tampa Bay Times, Gordon is somewhat of a newcomer to basketball after a strong football career.

“He's a guy whose best basketball is ahead of him,” DeMeo said. “With the right type of coach … he's going to blossom into something very special.”

Gordon played a reserve role as a freshman for the Raiders last season, averaging 10.9 minutes, 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. He made 52 of 69 shots (75.4 percent) and didn’t attempt a three-pointer. DeMeo said Gordon improved late in the season.

The Raiders lost to Hutchinson Community College in the NJCAA semifinals in March and finished 29-5.

“He was getting in better shape, and that’s typical for most big men,” DeMeo said. “He's powerful and he's explosive. He’s a competitor and he’s got a great work ethic.”

Wichita State is his first visit. Schools such as South Florida, Houston, Baylor and Florida Gulf Course are interested.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop