Power forward Carte’Are Gordon, the 9th-ranked recruit in ESPN.com’s 2018 Top 60 rankings, committed to St. Louis on Wednesday.
Gordon checks in a little lower in 247sports.com’s 2018 composite rankings, at no. 22. In a class especially rich with power forward talent, however, he only ranks 11th in the site’s rankings for the position.
Gordon, a St. Louis native who attends Western Grove High, chose the Billikens over Kansas and Missouri. He had narrowed down his list to those teams a few days ago.
If head coach Travis Ford has changed anything about his new program, it appears to be the recruiting culture. Ford has hauled in two heralded recruits in his first summer in charge of the Billikens, the other being four-star guard Jordan Goodwin, a senior. For as long as the ESPN recruiting database has existed (it was spawned in 2007), St. Louis has never had a ranked recruit, and hasn’t had one as highly touted as Gordon since 1997 McDonald’s All-American Larry Hughes.
According to 247sports.com, Gordon is the highest-ranked junior to commit.
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