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Gordon is one-and-done

Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:12 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2008 1:13 pm

SAN ANTONIO -- Eric Gordon is entering the NBA Draft.

That should come as no surprise.

A source close to the situation told that Gordon essentially made up his mind long ago, and now it's just a matter of making a formal announcement. Initially, that formal announcement was to come at a Monday press conference. But a Friday morning story in the Indianapolis Star might expedite the process and force the Gordons to speak publicly before the weekend.

Either way, none of this caught Tom Crean off guard.

A source said the new Indiana coach met with Gordon after he was hired Wednesday but didn't really make a push to try to convince Gordon to remain at Indiana for his sophomore year. Crean, according to the source, basically told Gordon he understood why he was entering the draft and agreed with the decision before adding that if he needed him to help in any way he'd be eager and willing to assist.

Meantime, a high-level NBA executive -- speaking on the condition of anonymity -- told that Gordon is "in a bunch of about seven prospects" that will compete to be selected after Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley go No. 1 and No. 2 in some order of the NBA Draft. According to the NBA executive, Brook Lopez will be the "safe" pick at No. 3, but Gordon could go that high if he works out well. More likely, the source said, Gordon will go somewhere between No. 5 and No. 10 and is at no risk of falling out of the lottery.
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Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 11:18 am

The age rule is stupid!!!

It should be come out of high school.....or 2 years!

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 11:12 am

Gordon is one-and-done

IU fans souldn't comment on Gordon's readiness.  They don't likely have the appropriate objectivity.  It would be niceto have him back on the team one more year considering the circumstances. 

People making less than $1,000,000 per year shouldn't comment on Gordon leaving because they know damn well they would jump if they had the opportunity to make 7 figures for their dream job. 

People who haven't read the NBA scouting reports about the draft shouldn't comment about Gordon leaving because they don't seem understand that the concensus is Gordon will go as high as #3 and is not likely to go lower than #10 and WILL NOT drop out of the lottery picks.  You're opinion might be that he is not a lottery pick, but the facts do not support your opinion, which might be why you are not NBA scouts.

Good Luck Eric.  Do IU proud.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 8:48 am

Gordon is one-and-done

I personally don't see the greatness with Gordon, and think that he will be nothing better than a marginal, streaky NBA shooter. Over the last 15 games he shot a total of 76-210 (36%) & 29-97 (29%) 3-pt FG's.  I'm sorry, but there is NOTHING impressive about any of that.  I personally don't see the upside with him.


Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 6:59 am

Gordon is one-and-done

i think that Gordon is a good player but needs to stay another year simply to develop a keener sense of leadership. Against my hogs, you saw the freshman side of Gordon, one the nation rarely saw. As the defensed began to key in on him, Gordon instead of rising to the pressure, sulked and cryed the entire game. I really feel that there are some freshmen that will make a major impact on the NBA but i did not see the dominance that those freshman displayed in Gordon. Granted, most of the top freshmen were actually in sub-par conferences but I was not as highly impressed by Gordon as last years two big name frosh. Greg Oden dominated in a little more than half a year in the exact same conference.


Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 3:02 am

Gordon is one-and-done


Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 3:01 am

Gordon is one-and-done

Gordon dropped off so much at the season, there is no way he can play an 82 plus game season. He is a tweener and can't really play defense. Looking at another Rashard McCants...

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2008 12:21 am

Gordon is one-and-done

Is this kid serious????  There is no way on earth this kid should declare for the draft.  How hard is it to score on teams like Coppin St,  Chicago St., I mean really?  During play in the Big Ten D.J. White was the spark plug!  He has athletic ability but is no way ready for the big dog's!  I'm a Hoosier fan through and through, no way this kid is matured to handle the NBA.  Did anyone watch the Arkansas game??  Lottery pick??  No way, he needs to stay one if not two more years, even if its not at IU.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 10:27 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

I am a hoosiers fan and I see Gordan as NOT being ready for NBA. His ball handling skills are mediocre at best and of all the freshman that have been being talked about , he's the only one that seemed to hit that freshman wall towards the end of the season. How is he going to make it in a 80 plus league game schedule. He's got alot of talent but he's just not ready to make that jump yet. Several others are not yet either.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 10:19 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

Lost In Space --  Eric Gordon has the talent regardless of whether he goes to college. He shouldn't have to go to college, or have the option to go to college if all he is planning to use it for is a quick-stop before turning pro. He should go to the NBA fast-track preparatory program I proposed. That way, he doesn't waste time going to school and miss out on making money as early and as fast as he can, and someone else who is interested in playing a sport AND getting an education can have a spot.

Gordon can get NBA-level training and prep before going in the draft, and  he can avoid college altogether. Voila!


Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 10:06 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

Its sad to see Gordon go. He was a amazing freshman, but i think he would be better and as a result be taken higher in the draft next year. If he did stay
The issue to me is not just whether he can get drafted higher.  A team is going to draft him because of his talent and potential.  My concern is that plenty of players with talent and potential don't have a chance to nurture that talent in the NBA when they are not-quite-ready, and they end up as backups for most of their first few years and don't get many minutes.  Then, when it is time for their second contract - the time they can really get the big money - they aren't able to do so.

The first contracts are scaled to draft placement.  After that, the money comes from performance in the league.  As talented a shooter as he is, Eric Gordon still needs to learn to make better decisions and avoid turnovers.  Gordon will get his initial big payday, but I think another year could help him earn more - and have a more satisfying career - in the long-term.

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