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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 6:11 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

Agree 100%. I read some of his lines and yes, some were impressive. But every time I watched him he was inconsistent, looked easily rattled and does not appear to have the Body to be productive -especially on the defensive end- at the next level.




Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 5:56 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

I have to be honest Gordon has everything it takes but would have benefited much more from another year as far as skills go. He gets shut off to easily and also you can get under his skin. The NBA is going to eat him alive at first if he goes to lottery team. Now if he goes to a better team then the adjustment will be better. However if he is being relyed on heavily right away I think it will take him some years to reach the potential I think he would have had he stayed longer at Indiana. I understand it is a difficult situation with Sampson and all the turmoil and the money definately talks. But from the standpoint of his play and effectiveness he would be better in the NBA if he stayed at Indiana longer. Plain and simple.



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 5:23 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

Eric Gordon is in no way  ready for the NBA, I guarantee that he will flop and never be the player he could've been because he came out too early.  He sucked in the NCAA tournament, if he had played a good game they would've beat arkansas.  Eric Gordon got off to a hot start, but after that he really was no good at all.  He could've been a starter in the NBA, maybe even an all-star, but because he decided to go pro too early he will be stuck on the bench, or playing on some shitty team.  I pray to God every night that the Bulls (my team) who will probably pick about 9th do not draft him.



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 5:21 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

Gordon needs a lot of work to make it on the next level. He is physically ready, but his b-ball skills need work. Ball-handling was terrible, needs to learn how to move without the ball better, needs to develop a mid-range game, needs to recognize open teammates better, and has no post-up ability. If you look at how he scored his points and his field goal percentage once the Big-Ten season started, one would be shocked at how horrible he performed. He will make in the NBA but I think he'll need a good 2-3 years before he blossoms! Would greatly benefit from a 2nd year in school!!




Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 5:17 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

Couldn't agree with you more, but one other facet Gordon needs to work on is his ball handling skills. He is physically ready for the next level, but needs to learn to create his own shot, move without the ball. He could use one more year in college but the almighty dollar wins out again!!



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 3:48 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

Gary -- my apologies. The story in The Star was not detailed at all. I quoted your quote from your source on how Crean reacted to Gordon's news.

Keep up the good work, Gary.

Iggy




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 3:48 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

Eric Gordon is a talented player and likely lottery pick.  I can't blame him at all for making this decision.  That said, I can't help but think about IU at Illinois this season when Gordon got a little love tap as early as the pre-game introductions.  Illinois played a real physical game against him.  He was intimated by a hostile road crowd, shot 3 for 13 from the floor and turned the ball over seven times.  He did manage 19 points, but most of it at the free throw line.  Far from his best game of the season!  What does he expect in the NBA?  It certainly isn't going to get any easier, and I just question whether he's really ready for the next level. 



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 3:41 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

If Daquan Cook can go pro, and be drafted, then EG can go.  Hell, just about anyone could go.  I'd be afraid that any player on any team in the country who averaged more than 10 ppg declaring themselves eligible. 



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 3:41 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

Eric Gordon is just a symptom of a larger problem. It is much more of a shame to me that he would not want to complete his education, staying through at least three years and trying to complete a degree while also playing basketball.

Players who go to "college" only to get one or two years of experience playing basketball, or football or another sport, under their belts before jumping to the NBA, or NFL or another professional league, are doing themselves and the schools they attend a disservice.

The NBA, the NFL (and other applicable professional leagues) and the NCAA should get together and discuss developing a fast-track for players who want to jump straight from high school to professional sports. If they can't agree on that, they should institute rules requiring that every athlete complete a minimum number of years and earn a degree of some sort, at least an associate's or bachelor's, before they can jump to the professional ranks.

Colleges, to some degree, may be "farm systems" for professional leagues, but athletes should be required to get an education while getting ready for their auditions. An athlete who plays for one or two years takes up a scholarship that could have gone to another player who would make a commitment to stay at a school and complete a degree and be there for three to five years.

As an IU fan, I'm sad to see Eric Gordon go. I think he could have been a core for a good team for IU next year. A story in todays' Indianapolis Star reveals that Tom Crean spoke with Gordon, acknowledged his plans, and offered to help him in any way he could. I think that says a lot about what Crean is bringing to the IU basketball program.

Iggy




Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 3:37 pm
 

Gordon is one-and-done

You are a complete moron!  Gordon scored over 30 more than once, and yes, DJ White is going pro and will be very good there.  It's obvious you know nothing about basketball!  Gordon is projected to be drafted as high as 3rd and no lower than 10th after this season!  That's a guaranteed $10million plus!  Why WOULD he go back to play at IU???  To not get paid and to risk even further injury - he almost broke his wrist this year.  Get real man!


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