Gonzaga has a big recruiting weekend ahead, with campus visits from a pair of transfer guards.
Texas A&M graduate transfer Admon Gilder and South Dakota State sophomore David Jenkins Jr. are expected to visit Spokane this weekend. Gilder is No. 6 in ESPN’s ratings of graduate transfers and Jenkins is No. 2 among sit-out transfers, sandwiched between Marquette’s Hauser brothers, Sam and Joey.
The Zags have been hit hard by graduation (guards Josh Perkins and Geno Crandall, forward Jeremy Jones) and NBA draft early entrants (Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke, Killian Tillie, Zach Norvell Jr. and Filip Petrusev).
Hachimura and Clarke are considered first-round picks, and Norvell is likely to remain in the draft. Tillie’s decision could be influenced by his NBA workouts and whether he receives an invitation to the NBA draft combine. Petrusev has indicated to the coaching staff that he intends to return for his sophomore season.
Jenkins, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound guard from Tacoma, hit 45.3% from 3-point range and averaged 19.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season, earning first-team All-Summit League honors. He was the Summit League Freshman of the Year after averaging 16.3 points in 2018.
South Dakota State lost in the 2018 NCAA Tournament first round and lost in the 2019 NIT first round. Jenkins sought his release shortly after SDSU head coach T.J. Otzelberger accepted the coaching job at UNLV, one of seven schools on Jenkins’ list.
Gilder, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound Dallas native, missed last season with a blood clot in his arm. He tweeted that he’s been cleared medically to return to the court. Gilder, considered a solid defender, averaged 12.3 points and 2.6 assists as Texas A&M reached the 2018 Sweet 16. He contributed 13.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a sophomore.
Gilder averaged 7 points as a freshman. He played 11 minutes in the Aggies’ 62-61 win over Gonzaga in the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis.
Gilder also is considering TCU, Texas, Iowa State and SMU. Gonzaga, which defeated the Aggies 94-71 last November, visits Texas A&M this season.
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