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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: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 3:33 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

I agree, HoosierNYC...i know i wouldnt say that i wish we never would have got him, because that's not it at all...I was led to believe that this guy was the type to take over a game, you know, take it into his own hands and will us to a win.  But i didnt really see that much this year, he was pretty consistent all year, but not really "take the game over" dominating.  I think DJ white was more of the "take the game over" dominating more games than EJ.  So i second that sentiment, its more of a feeling of disappointment, but i'm glad he was here even for one year.

As the NBA goes, i think he'll be an all-star a few times, a really big scorer some seasons, but not a take the game over kind of player like some superstars of the NBA.  He'll be good, but when its all said and done, that's probably all he'll be, not great (unfortunately).

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 3:05 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

I don't know of any IU fans who are saying that we never should have recruited him.  That's ridiculous.  I think the prevailing feeling is one of disappointment.  He started off so strong in the nonconference part of the schedule and really tailed off the last two months of the season.  I don't blame him for going, but I truly don't see him playing much depending on the team that drafts him.  He's got a long ways to go, but I think he can be a very solid player in the NBA for a long time.  I'm not sure about all star, but possibly if he works hard on the things that need improving. 

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 3:03 pm
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Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 2:48 pm


Is this guy mental or something?  I agree he had an awsome Freshmen year but to directly decide to go to the NBA is a disaster waiting to happen.  He only averaged 20.1 ponits a game with DJ White right behind him with 17.4.  Is that NBA caliber?  Hum, he can't even say that he was the best player on his own team, and he couldn't even make it past the first round of the tournament please someone help him before he announces this.  If money is the issue here then that makes him even more dumb because if he stays at least one more year and has a productive year like this one but goes further in the tournament then he would be considered at the top spot.  It wouldn't get any better than that.  Please someone let the guy know that this will only fast forward him to the end of his basketball career!

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 2:39 pm


Is this guy mental or something?  I agree that he had a awsome freshman year but to end his college career after that is pathetic.  He only averaged 20.1pts. a game and never got over the 30 mark in any game.  D.J. White was right below him with 17.4 pts. a game is he going to the NBA also?  If money is the reason why he's doing this then that makes this even worse because if he stays at least one more year and excels even higher, duh, mo' money mo' money.  This guy disgusts me!!!!!!

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 2:37 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

Thanks Gary,

It is not too surprising that Gordon is going but I think it is a risk to pick him because he really is not ready mentally, he makes very poor decisions at times and I don't think he has the all-arond game to stick with the guys in the pros.  He should stay and get his stock up a little more.


Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 2:21 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

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 2:04 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

EJ's goal was always to play in the NBA, that was his destination since high school.  If he could have gone directly from HS to the NBA he would have.  When he signed with IU, it was understood that it would likely be a one yeat stop on the way to the NBA.  It would have been a shock to everyone if he had decided to stay at IU to play for Tom Cream.  Good luck EJ, I hope all your dreams come true and that you go to a team that will be a good fit for you.  Good luck in your professional career.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:50 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

Nice analysis but you see Eric Gordon being like a GIlbert Arenas???!! No way. Try another former Zona Wildcat, Jerry Bayless, much more comparable to Arenas.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:47 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

He's pretty overrated to me. He's definetly lottery talent, but whenever I got a chance to see him (meaning in big games), I saw a player who simply needs another year of development in the college game. Well, he can go pro, but I don't think he'll be anything spectacular. I mean he always seemed to shoot about 30%. Pretty turnover-prone. Pretty self-centered. Don't see much leadership. And not exactly a "prime-time performer." I like Arizona's Jerryd Bayless much better. But hey, tremendous scoring ability and range on a pretty stout frame. And seperately, why the heck is Robin Lopez going pro?? I guess he's interested in settling for only being half as good (offensively) as his brother. I question their maturity, they seem a lil too edgy, a lil too hotheadish. Nothing serious. Best wishes to them all.

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