Texas A&M guard Admon Gilder expected to play vs. Kentucky

In News by Blake Lovell

Admon Gilder, Texas A&M’s third-leading scorer this season at 12.7 points per game, is expected to return to action on Tuesday at Kentucky.

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said on Monday’s SEC coaches teleconference that he was hopeful that Gilder would return to the court, while fellow guard Duane Wilson would remain out of action for “probably another week.”

Kennedy also mentioned that forward Robert Williams would return to the court after missing the LSU game due to illness.

Gilder has missed the team’s past five games after suffering a torn meniscus.

Texas A&M is the SEC’s only team that has yet to pick up a win in conference play.

Lovell’s Analysis

Obviously, the Aggies are much better with Gilder on the court.

Not having Wilson for a game like this hurts due to how well he’s played at point guard, but getting Gilder back is huge. He’s the team’s most natural scorer, and he will need to have a big game for Texas A&M to win in Lexington.

Of course, one potential concern is that Gilder will be forced to play some at point due to Wilson’s absence, moving him away from his best spot at shooting guard.

However, the good news is that J.J. Caldwell and T.J. Starks can shoulder most of the load at that position.

If Gilder can make an impact right away, the Aggies should at least put themselves in position to score a win over a Kentucky team that hasn’t been overly dominant to this point in the season.

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