Sidney defeated host Butler 51-46 in OT in a boys high school basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Sidney senior among new Texas A&M basketball recruits

Andre Gordon, Sidney’s record-setting senior guard, announced via Twitter last weekend he’ll not enroll at Virginia Tech and will instead play basketball at Texas A&M University.

Signed with Virginia Tech last November, Gordon will follow then-Tech head coach Buzz Williams to A&M, where Williams was hired to succeed Billy Kennedy two weeks ago.

According to NCAA rules, national letters of intent are binding for at least one year. However, schools have the option of releasing incoming recruits because of extenuating circumstances, including coaching changes.

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The Dayton Daily News has reached out to Gordon and Virginia Tech for comment and more information.

It’s the fourth program Gordon, a 6-foot-2 playmaker, has been associated with since November. That month he transferred back to Sidney High School to complete his senior year from Huntington Prep (W.Va.), where he had transferred to the previous spring.

Sidney senior Andre Gordon will follow former Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams and play basketball at Texas A&M. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

He never played at Huntington Prep and was cleared by the Ohio High School Athletic Association to play at Sidney during the preseason. Already verbally committed to Virginia Tech, he signed with the Hokies during the November NCAA Division I early signing period for basketball.

Now, he’s headed to A&M.

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The Roanoke Times reported Gordon had been given a release from his national letter of intent to Virginia Tech. Young was named Tech’s new coach following 17 seasons as Wofford’s coach.

Among the players to excel for Williams at Tech was former Chaminade Julienne standout Justin Bibbs (2014-18), by way of Montverde Academy (Fla.).

Sidney senior Andre Gordon (with ball) will follow former Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams and play basketball at Texas A&M. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Williams also announced via Twitter that Gordon was among four new A&M recruits. Those were the Aggies’ first recruits for the Class of 2019 after all previous A&M signees were given their release following the firing of Kennedy, according to the Dallas Morning News. Kennedy lasted eight seasons at the College Station, Texas, campus.

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Texas A&M was 14-18 overall last season and 6-12 in the Southeastern Conference. The Texas A&M women won a national championship in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen each of the last two seasons.

Gordon’s return to play basketball at Sidney as a senior was a boon for the Yellowjackets. He averaged 23.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists despite drawing extreme defensive attention. He surpassed 2,000 career points, scored a career-high 49 at Greenville as a junior and went for 45 points in a postseason defeat of Springboro as a senior.

Sidney senior Andre Gordon will follow former Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams and play basketball at Texas A&M. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Sidney (20-5) was runner-up to Butler in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North last season.

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Gordon and Xenia senior Samari Curtis both were named first team All-Ohio as seniors. A Cincinnati signee, Curtis also was Ohio’s Mr. Basketball. He has pledged to stay at UC following the departure of then-coach Mick Cronin to UCLA. Former Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen was named Sunday to succeed Cronin at UC.

• Trotwood-Madison senior Amari Davis (Wisconsin-Green Bay) scored 28 points and was MVP in Team Ohio’s 112-108 defeat of Team Kentucky in the 28th annual Ohio vs. Kentucky All-Star Games at Thomas More University on Saturday. Curtis added 13 points and hit a shot that put Ohio up for good with 7.2 seconds left.

Also playing for Team Ohio was Ethan Conley (Franklin Monroe).

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Wilmington senior Mya Jackson (Seton Hall) was the girls MVP following Team Ohio’s 79-71 defeat of Team Kentucky in the opener. Also playing for Team Ohio were Layne Ferrell (Franklin), Alexis Hutchison (Centerville) and Olivia Trice (Wayne).

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