Saint Louis has made a big splash in the 2018 recruiting race with the commitment of power forward Carte’Are Gordon on Wednesday morning. The Missouri high schooler announced his commitment to the school via Twitter.
“I would like to first off thank God, my grandparents and all of my coaches I’ve had in my career so far,” Gordon wrote. “But after long consideration and prayers and discussion with family, I would like to announce that I will be attending St. Louis University!! #GoBillikens”
This announcement comes just one day after he announced his final three of Kansas, Missouri and St. Louis. ESPN ranks the forward as the No. 9 player in his class and the best recruit in the state of Missouri in his class.
He is also the first 2018 commitment for St. Louis under first-year head coach Travis Ford.
Ford replaced Jim Crews after the latter led the Billikens to consecutive 11-21 seasons. Ford was, most recently, the head coach at Oklahoma State, where he led the team to a 155-111 record and five NCAA Tournament appearances in his eight seasons as their leader.
Gordon, a 6-8, 257-pound power forward is entering his junior season at Webster Groves High School in Saint Louis, Missouri. There is a general lack of consensus on his status as a prospect, with ESPN ranking him at No. 9 nationally, Rivals at No. 16 and 247Sports at No. 34. Regardless of whether he’ i a top 10 recruit or merely top 50, Gordon is the sort of prospect that St. Louis hasn’t seen in some time as Ford attempts to rebuild a program that has experienced significant turnover in recent years.