As originally stated, this blog will follow NCAA basketball alongside the in depth NBA coverage. The first installment of our NCAA coverage will kick off with a segment called “Meet,” where we will introduce you to a rising star that you may or may not have heard of. This up-and-comer could be a legit high school prospect, an amazing NCAA player, or even that sneaky Euro player dominating overseas.
First up, is Eric Gordon of the Indiana Hoosiers. At only 19 years of age, Gordon has won just about every high school Indiana basketball award possible and has also completely irritated the hell out of the state of Illinois. In late 2005, and only a junior in high school, EG made a verbal commitment to the University of Illinois and coach Bruce Weber. After the departure of Mike Davis at Indiana, and the arrival of Kelvin Sampson, rumors began to fly that Gordon might be starting to change his mind about his Illinois verbal. During the summer of 2006, Gordon visited Indiana and also brought along fellow top recruit Derrik Rose. The two scrimmaged with the Hoosier team and was reported that Gordon tried to convince Rose to leave his commitment to Memphis and join him at the University of Indiana. Later in 2006, Eric’s dad made the official announcement, verifying rumors that EG would attend the UI in 2007. them. You have all heard the hype about Derrik Rose, Kevin Love, Kyle Singler, and many more, but you should have been learning of Gordon. If he decides to leave Indiana after one year and enter the NBA draft, you may have been watching the next Chris Paul. Gordon has size, agility and an uncanny basketball IQ.
As a freshman at the University of Indiana, he has averaged an impressive 23.5 points per game while leading a UI team that has seen it’s share of ups and downs over recent years. The state of Illinois may not be a huge Eric Gordon, but you can bet the rest of Indiana sure is. When you see Eric with the ball in his hands, you see true magic; you would never believe that this kid could possibly be 18 years old.
The 2007-08 NCAA season has been overrun with great freshmen, and Gordon ranks with the best of
You need to catch an Indiana game this season if you can find one, but most of all, make sure to tune your set to the NCAA field of 64 this March when EG leads his Hoosiers to the Final Four.