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April 21, 2008

Mississippi State's Gordon declares for draft

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Mississippi State guard Jamont Gordon told Rivals.com Monday night that he intends to pass up his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.

Gordon, a Rivals.com Second Team All-American, averaged 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game for the Bulldogs, who went 23-11 and finished atop the SEC West. They reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they were eliminated 77-74 by eventual national runner-up Memphis.

"My feeling is I'll go in the first round," Gordon said. "I've been told anywhere from 18 to 30."

At 6 feet 4 and 230 pounds, Gordon presented matchup problems for SEC guards. He's a physical player who is terrific at penetrating and creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.

"I want to show the NBA scouts that I can get to the basket and get to the foul line," Gordon said. "I also want to show that I can shoot the ball more consistently. I've been working on that."

If there is a knock on Gordon it is his jumper. He never shot better than 42 percent during his three seasons at Mississippi State, and his career 3-point percentage was 31.9 percent.

But he remains an intriguing prospect because of his physicality. He also was an above-average defender in college, which is another big positive.

Gordon said he would not hire an agent to protect his eligibility.

He had one of his best games this season in the loss to Memphis, posting 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Gordon topped the 20-point mark 16 times last season.

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Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at bmcclellan@rivals.com.

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