Notebook: State’s No. 1 prospect close to final decision

While the state’s No. 1 overall basketball prospect appears likely to stick with Missouri, a final decision hasn’t been made yet, according to both his high school coach and AAU coach.

Jakeenan Gant, a 6-foot-7 forward from Effingham County High School, signed with Missouri in last November’s early signing period — and even transferred to a Missouri prep school earlier this month.

No. 1 Jakeenan Gant (247sports)

No. 1 Jakeenan Gant (247sports)

Gant has been considering requesting a release from Missouri after head coach Frank Haith resigned to take a similar job at Tulsa.

Missouri’s new coach is Kim Anderson, and one of his first moves was to retain assistant Tim Fuller, who was the main recruiter for Gant.

The Kansas City Star, citing an unnamed source, reported on Wednesday that Gant will stick with Missouri.

“I haven’t seen or heard that report so I don’t know,” said Gant’s high school coach at Effingham County, Donnie Arrington.

“I did talk to his mother today, and she said that they were going to meet with the new coach. They’re hoping to meet with (Anderson) to sit down and talk. That’s really all I know.”

Gant seems likely to stick with Missouri, especially after abruptly packing his bags and moving to the state to finish his last six weeks of high school. But there’s a lot of interest if he re-opens up his recruitment.

“There were a number of colleges who called me initially, the first day or so (after Haith left),” Arrington said. “It was some of the same schools that recruited him before. But that has kind of cooled off. A lot of them were letting me know if anything happens, they’ve got a scholarship. Just low-key stuff.”

Both Georgia Tech and UGA would likely have strong interest in Gant.

And what about that unusual transfer of high schools so close to graduation?
“They wanted to go ahead and get out there and start the process of getting familiar with the area in Missouri,” Arrington said.


Georgia Tech is trying to get into the mix with Phil Cofer, the 6-8 forward from Whitewater High School who recently got his release from Tennessee after the coaching change.

Cofer told’s Rob Lewis that he will take official visits to Florida State and Virginia Tech over the next two weeks, and that he’s hearing from Georgia Tech and Memphis, among others.

Cofer, whose father played at Tennessee, is also considering joining the Volunteers again, even though he got a release.


UGA and Alabama both had some heavy interest in another former Tennessee signee, CJ Turman, according to his AAU coach.

“But they’ve got that rule where you can’t transfer to another SEC school without having to sit out two years,” Michael Stokes told the AJC. “It’s totally unjust but it is what it is.”

“I think he’s going to visit Florida Atlantic this weekend. We’ve got a good relationship with those coaches, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up at Florida Atlantic.”

Turman is a 6-8 forward from Morgan County High School.


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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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