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April 26, 2007

Exclusive: MSU's Gordon to enter NBA Draft

Rivals.com has learned that Mississippi State standout Jamont Gordon has made himself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft.

Gordon was named a third-team All-American last season by Rivals.com. The do-it-all sophomore averaged 16.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and shot 35 percent from 3-point range.

"I've been working all my life to play in the NBA, and I want to make sure the NBA people know who I am," Gordon said. "I'd like to find out where I am with my game."

Gordon was named first-team All-SEC by the league's coaches and was the only underclassman to earn such distinction.

Gordon was the only player in the conference to rank in the top 10 in scoring (fifth), rebounding (ninth) and assists (second). He even had a triple-double in a victory over Vanderbilt (15 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).

One of his more memorable games this season came in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals against Kentucky. Gordon scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer to tie the game after a controversial lane violation was called on UK, and led the Bulldogs to an 84-82 overtime win over the Wildcats.

Gordon helped carry the Bulldogs to the NIT semifinals, where they lost 63-62 to eventual champion West Virginia.

The Nashville, Tenn., native was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2005-06.

Gordon, who attended Oak Hill Academy before arriving in Starkville, was ranked the No. 16 player in the class of 2005 by Rivals.com.

Gordon said he will not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility that he may return to Mississippi State next season.

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