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UPDATE: The Jamont Gordon Experience In Italy

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 15, 2008

Former Mississippi State Bulldog, Jamont Gordon, handles the rock for Fortitudo Bologna in Italy

Former Mississippi State Bulldog, Jamont Gordon, handles the rock for Fortitudo Bologna in Italy

The last we left Jamont Gordon, he was having an impressively productive preseason with his Italian team, Fortitudo Bologna. The team was just about to travel to Athens, Greece for the preseason Varikas tournament.

In their first game against Panionios on September 26, Gordon led Fortitudo with 20 points and also snagged 8 rebounds. However, his team, without the services of former NBA center Earl Barron, could not defend the paint. Former Maryland Terp, Lonny Baxter, “terrified” Fortitudo with 26 points and 13 boards. Italian translated reports also indicate that Fortitudo had a lot of trouble with the pressing defense of Panionios.

The next day, Fortitudo went up against Russian powerhouse, Dynamo, which features former NBA players Jannero Pargo (New Orleans Hornets, also a former Arkansas Razorback who used to kill the Bulldogs) and Bostjan Nachbar (New Jersey Nets), along with former Oklahoma star, Hollis Price. Fortitudo played a much better game than against Panionios. Gordon once again led his team with 22 points, but unfortunately, the Italian team fell to the Russian team 78-75.

The indication seems to be that Jamont Gordon has been the ‘go-to’ guy in crunch time for Fortitudo, which is rare for an American rookie. According to team GM Zoran Savic, most knew that Jamont could score, but team officials are rather surprised at his defense, rebounding, and tough attitude.

The Italian League

Draft Express has a great run-down/preview of Italian League basketball. Unfortunately, the league has hit on some tough times as two members, Naples and Capo D’Orlando, were lost as a result of a tax-evasion scandal. This dropped the number of teams from 18 to 16. Fortitudo Bologna is picked by Draft Express to finish seventh in the Italian League.

Fortitudo opened their season on October 12th against Snaidero. Already short-handed with Qyntel Woods  and Earl Barron out due to injury, and star Brazilian point guard, Marcelo Huertas, experiencing passport issues, Fortitudo was hoping to lean on Jamont Gordon and former UNC Tar Heel, Joe Forte, in the opener. Unfortunately, Gordon went down with a sprained ankle after scoring only two points. Forte picked up the slack with 33 points en route to a 90-72 Fortitudo win.

Gordon is being monitored and is currently considered day-to-day. Fortitudo’s next match will be this Saturday against Lottomatica Virtus Roma. Lottomatica features former Villanova guard, Allan Ray, and the well-known American high-schooler, Brandon Jennings. Jennings is famous for skipping an opportunity to attend the University of Arizona (he was not eligible for the NBA draft because of the new age limit), and opted for money in Italy before trying his hand at the NBA.

Stay tuned for updates on Jamont Gordon’s status and his pro basketball Italian experience.


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