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Thursday, February 18, 2016

UConn recruiting target Lexi Gordon expected to announce decision tomorrow

One of the benefits of making the trip to the SMU and Tulsa games last month it that it gave me a chance to catch up with Lexi Gordon not long after she visited UConn and was offered a scholarship.

Gordon had 22 of LD Bell's 27 points in a 40-27 loss to Southlake Carroll and she said her plan was to announce her college decision after her junior season of high school was over and the AAU season got rolling.

Well, her season came to an end on Tuesday with a loss to South Grand Prairie in the first round of the Texas 6A Region 1 tournament and last night it was reported that she would announce her decision on Twitter tomorrow.

Hurst LD Bell 2017 F @Lexi_g34 will announce on Twitter Friday her commitment decision. Baylor UConn TCU Texas are finalists @dfwvarsity

UConn, Baylor, TCU and Texas are her finalists. Obviously since I cover UConn, most of the questions I asked her focused on her visit on UConn but I definitely got the sense that following in the footsteps of Moriah Jefferson by becoming the second Texas native to play for Geno Auriemma with the Huskies is a realistic possibility.

"It was incredible and it opened my eyes," Gordon said of her visit to UConn. "When you go there, you know how successful they are and you would think that they are just a bunch of robots and they would be kind of stuck up but they were really nice people, they are all genuine and all family orientated. It was a really fun experience that my family really enjoyed.

"They played a really good game (against Temple on Jan. 16), Lou (Katie Lou Samuelson) and Stewie (Breanna Srewart) played incredible that day and you could tell that the kids love each other because even on the bench with their teammates, I know they were having fun. Just I know that I will have to work harder than ever and Coach Auriemma would put me in the position where I wanted to be when I get older. I want to be a sports broadcaster and ESPN is right up the street so that is a good resource to have right around the corner. It was just a really good environment to be in."

Gordon averaged 24.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a junior.

After the game I spoke to Gordon's high school coach Brock Pembleton about how well Gordon has played as a junior.

"She is an incredible shooter, a competitor," Pembleton said. "She gets after it and she doesn't want to lose by no means to anybody. She is a smart player, she is going to be all over the floor. Obviously teams shove everybody towards her. It is much better when we get somebody else to help us out. She has a lot of pressure on her and not forcing things when they aren't there, trust her teammates and work that makes it tough. She has handled it well. She has matured through all of that."



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