Carte’Are Gordon, a junior power forward for the Webster Groves High School Boys Basketball team, is this week’s recipient of the 590 The Fan High School Athlete of the Week award.
Gordon, a dominant player for the Statesmen in the paint, looks to help lead Webster Groves to a third state title in program history when they take on Kickapoo in the Missouri Class 5 Station Championship game this weekend in Columbia, Mo.
Last week, Gordon showed why he is the 10th-ranked player in the country in his class and the top player in Missouri in the class of 2018. The 6’8″ forward led Webster Groves past CBC in the state quarterfinal match-up with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks.
“He’s come a long way since he’s been here. He came with a reputation obviously for some good and some bad. I think he’s proving a lot of people wrong about how he conducts himself,” Webster head coach Jay Blossom said.
“I’m friends with all of these guys and everyday when I come to practice I’m pushed by the coaches. The work ethic here is the biggest difference,” Gordon said.
He’s not just getting noticed on the prep scene, but at the college and professional levels as well. Gordon, is currently committed to play collegiate basketball at St. Louis University, but also received offers from Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.
NBA skills basketball coach Drew Hanlen coaches some of the top NBA talent including St. Louis native Bradley Beal, along with Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, and Jordan Clarkson.
“Carte’Are is really really special. He’s gifted. He’s 6’8, he can run the floor, he’s versatile, he can dominate inside as well as step outside and knock down shots from the perimeter,” Hanlen said.
The Statesman will take on Kickapoo at Mizzou Arena on Friday in the state semi-finals.
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