Gordon feels he has to test the NBA waters


Following Monday night’s Howell Trophy presentation in Tupelo, I asked Jamont Gordon about his future at Mississippi State and his plans to test the NBA waters.

“I love basketball, and I love college basketball,” he said. “But my dream is to play in the NBA.”

When the TV folks walked away, I then asked when he’ll make his decision. He said he’s going home this weekend to discuss the situation with his family and advisors and hopes to have an answer by Tuesday at the latest.

Then I said, “But you’ve got to test the waters, right?”

He responded by saying, “I’m definitely going to test it, but I’m not going to hire an agent.”

So I guess that means he’s definitely going to test the waters, which is what his coach, Rick Stansbury, said he should do.

And by not hiring an agent, he can come back for his senior season if he feels he won’t get drafted where he wants.

If he does test the the waters, and it appears he definitely will, he has until mid-June to take his name out of the hat.

If you feel confused, don’t worry. When I finished talking with him, I too was a little confused. But when all was said and done, I think he said he was definitely going to declare himself eligible.


42 Responses to “Gordon feels he has to test the NBA waters”

  1. 2thdoc Says:

    I wonder how much money his “advisors” tell him he will get being picked #63 where he is ranked right now. Late second round to undrafted will not be hard to improve on by playing one more year. And surely not difficult playing on a team that will be picked a favorite for overall in the SEC if he does come back.

    Maybe I’m missing something. Is the food that great overseas?

  2. dadawg Says:

    He better be studying some foreign languages…I think the market place will tell him that he needs some more polish, that is unless someone is blowing him some smoke.

  3. judwe Says:

    How about Israel? Good money AND Falafel.

  4. bigdraws Says:

    I just didn’t think he was great enough this year. He made really amazing plays this year, but he also turned the ball over a lot. And he went cold towards the end of the season. But what do I know?

  5. chrisfromcorinth Says:

    Can anyone say Mario Austin?

  6. chrisfromcorinth Says:

    Maybe Scotty Thruman. Don’t believe the hype Jamont.

  7. Braves Dawg Says:

    Well, in his mind he’s Kobe Bryant. It doesn’t matter about that insignificant draft projection number.

  8. Braves Dawg Says:

    Dontae’ Jones can tell him all about Greece, Turkey, Italy and Korea.

  9. 2thdoc Says:

    The guy I saw yesterday said Gordon was just so “Bull Headed” and doesn’t take much advice. He also noted that he really hates the whole school part. Not struggling with grades or money, just doesn’t like the hassle of it all.

    I hate the hassle of utility bills myself, but I guess he can put that on his list of things he doesn’t like when he has to start paying them.

  10. Braves Dawg Says:

    I hate the hassle of any bill I can’t pay on the internet.

  11. theconquistador2 Says:

    Here’s my opinion/feeling…

    1) Jamont tests the waters and comes back knowing what he as to work on.

    2) Scotty Hopson sticks with his committment.

  12. nabhi Says:

    “Testing the waters” can result in an enema. Now, there’s a hassle.

  13. Tupelopizzzzix Be-otch Says:

    Nice one nabhi. I read somewhere that Janet Jackson uses coffee instead.

  14. Braves Dawg Says:

    Red Bull

  15. Tupelopizzzzix Be-otch Says:

    Now we’re talking. Red Bull and some pop rocks candy. YEEEE-OOOWWW.

  16. theconquistador2 Says:

    Just checked a mock draft and Gordon is 19th in the second round (49th overall) and Rhodes is 27th in the second round (57th overall).

  17. bigdraws Says:

    I’m not big on the draft. What kind of money does that mean? I assume that’s pretty good, right?

  18. Tupelopizzzzix Be-otch Says:

    Yeah curious to know what 2nd round, 19th would be payed. How would you find that info?

  19. carwwest Says:

    arent the first and second rounders the only ones guaranteed money?? but i think he might come back but hopson, as much as i want him to, is not coming to state…..sorry….

  20. warbirdz44 Says:

    Second rounders get about 300K or so for their first contract, which isn’t guaranteed. So pretty much, if you get picked in the second and don’t make the team, you’re screwed.

  21. db33 Says:

    It’s not confusing Gregg. Charles Rhodes did the same thing. You can declare for the NBA, “test the waters”, but as long as you don’t sign with an agent you can come back. The deadline is June 16th. If Jamont signs with an agent, or doesn’t pull his name out of the NBA draft pool prior to June 16th, then he’s done with college. If he takes it out, then he heads back for his senior year.

    The only way you can get officially evaluated by the NBA is to do this. He’ll go to some combine type camps, on the NBA’s dime, which is perfectly legal, and be evaluated.

    Every single mock draft I’ve seen, except ONE, doesn’t even have Jamont getting drafted. ONE had him mid-2nd round.

    And, Warbirdz is right. In the NBA, the only players that are drafted that get GUARANTEED money are FIRST rounders. They get 3 year deals. So, you don’t have to even make the team. You’re going to get paid big bucks no matter what.

    Ah, but 2nd round picks? NOTHING iS GUARANTEED. They have to make the 12 man roster of the team that drafts them. If they don’t, they get ZERO. NADA. So, if you leave early, and are 2nd round pick, or an undrafted free agent, you have to make the team. If you don’t make it, you’ve blown it. You can’t go back to college, and you can’t go to the NBA. You end up in these small time hoops leagues playing for the Jackie Moon’s of the world making next to nothing, or overseas. LIke someone said, just ask Mario Austin.

    You have to hope the right people are in Jamont’s ear. The wrong ones were in both Mario’s and Monta Ellis’s. Ellis was lucky, Golden State had a bad need for guards and he made the team. Mario wasn’t. He ended up overseas, injured, and in some foreign hospital.

    If you aren’t a DEFINITE first rounder, you are a FOOL if you don’t return for your senior year. It’s unlikely that Jamont will elevate himself to that level in the upcoming workouts. They, the scouts, will likely tell him, as they did Charles, he needs to use the senior year to get better. Jamont needs to cut down on his turnovers, and increase his assists, and get better at his shot selection. His only shot in the NBA is at point guard. But, he’s going to need a great senior season, really lead this team to greatness, to elevate himself into that first round and guaranteed money.

  22. nabhi Says:

    300K? That is more than I make a month as a college prof.
    Trust me. Waaaaaaay more.
    Of course no guarantee. That is a huge drop for round 1.

  23. frmad Says:

    for the hot post

  24. jaybirdms Says:

    Thanks very much, you old Amish man. Didn’t think y’all could have computers.

  25. Gregg Ellis Says:

    No fries with that burger, jaybirds.

  26. bigdraws Says:

    Mickey D’s sells salad and fruit now GG.

  27. Braves Dawg Says:

    Bird likes the tossed salad and is a fruit.

  28. Gregg Ellis Says:

    I guess I need to go over to the Van to see today’s theme.

  29. bigdraws Says:

    Strange atmosphere over there right now.

  30. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Right now? LOL!

  31. bigdraws Says:

    Sorry. StrangER.

  32. volhater Says:

    You can only withdraw your name once ( which he did in 2007) dumb move, and maintain NCAA eligibility, so assuming he tests the waters and declares this year, he will no longer be able to play for MSU.
    My thoughts are simple.
    * Too many good gaurds coming out for him to go First rd.
    * Too many good gaurds in the league (NBA) right now.
    * Not good enough to play in the NBA as a point guard. I mean could you imagine him trying to do all the hoopla dribble moves ect. in against the like of Lebron, Kobe, Nash, should I keep going,,,,NO!!

    Bottom line is that he should stay for another year and then he won’t have to make a choice, either he is good enough or not , no college to fall back on at that point.

  33. volhater Says:

    Excuse my spelling it is guard not gaurd…..man I really need to proof read my post. Sorry

  34. jaybirdms Says:

    Thanks for posting volhater. Haven’t seen you here before. I’m part of the unofficial welcome wagon.

    Try to be less than 2 weeks late next time. LOL!!

  35. volhater Says:

    Just found this blog today……

    Thanks for the welcome. What was your thoughts on Gordon going pro?
    My sources are telling me he is getting all of his advise from some people in Nashville that probably are trying to get in his entourage. Too bad!!!!! They are not seeing the big picture.

  36. jaybirdms Says:

    I’m fine with it either way. He needs to stay another year, though. He prolly doesn’t fit into many NBA teams right now.

    Since you’ve found us, make sure you also visit The Van. There’s a link on the right side. The full welcome wagon is there. We get WAAAAAAY off topic with all of our “blather.”

  37. imabulldog Says:

    Welcome Volhater, who is your team, fellow dog? If not you are still welcome here 🙂

  38. 2thdoc Says:

    I really don’t think Stans is that worried about it. Losing that much scoring is bad but our offense has to change either this year or next. It can’t be centered around a bull point guard and get the young talent more involved. I think Stans said your not a first rounder but knock yourself out if you want to overseas. He probably told Ben the same if he wanted more guaranteed minutes.

    We’ll be ok but Stans is not an idiot or running players out of StarkVegas in my opinion

  39. volhater Says:

    My team is Kansas now!!!! Hell they are National Champs!!! Can you say bandwagon. Oh yeah, I liked Fla for the last 2 years , but they suck now. Seriously, I do not have a team. I just like to go to games and watch good players and teams.

    Just got a text saying Gordon probably would go at best early 3rd ,possibly not at all. His shot, as you all know will kill him in these combines. There are alot of people saying that Rhondo’s shot was bad until he got to the pros. Hell his shot still sucks. Not really comparing the 2 as players, just there shot. Gordon needs to try the NFL, good size,hands,speed ect.

  40. imabulldog Says:

    rhondo did have 23 lastnight 🙂

  41. 2thdoc Says:

    Gordon’s release is like molasses. His follow through and pose is pretty good since he refrains from adding a Sammy Sosa chest bump and kissing his fingers.

  42. volhater Says:

    Rhondo is in a situation where he can score 23 every now and again. When Garnett, Pierce and Allen do not play , then yes he can score a bit. I guess the point is that his shot is getting better, but it still is terrible. The reason he has been playing so well this year is all because of the 3 compliments he has had all year. Gordon will never get those type of players around him, no one probably will for that matter, that can’t shoot and only play the point.

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