April 21, 2007

Jordan pumped about A&M

Billy Gillispie completely transformed the Texas A&M basketball program. He inherited a team that went 0-16 in Big 12 play and had them in the Sweet 16 three seasons later. But, perhaps Gillispie's biggest coup was convincing one of the top recruits in the country in the 2007 class to sign with the Aggies.

DeAndre Jordan, a 7-foot center out of Houston Christian Life Center, signed with A&M back in November. Jordan is ranked No. 8 in the nation in the Rivals Top 150. He had A&M fans more excited than ever about Aggie basketball. Then came the date of April 6, 2007.

Gillispie chose to leave A&M and head to the University of Kentucky. While the Aggies reacted very quickly and hired their first choice of coaches in Mark Turgeon, the fate of the four high school seniors who had signed Letters-of-Intent remained in question. While Nathan Walkup, Derrek Lewis and B.J. Holmes all quickly reaffirmed their decisions to play at A&M, Jordan continued to be a big question mark.

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