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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: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:45 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." 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.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:42 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

Congrats EJ! This kid is the real deal and will be a very good NBA player for years to come. I am one Hoosier alum that is sick of our contingent bashing this kid for leaving early and not finishing last season strong. Everyone knew it would happen when he committed to IU last year. Now everyone is coming out of the woodwork saying "He's not ready", "IU should have never recruited him"... blah blah blah. Don't you think future blue chip prospects hear that stuff? You want the stars to come, but then bash them when they leave early. Put yourself in the players shoes... He has an opportunity to cash in on a guaranteed 10 million! His goal in playing for IU was to get to the next level and he accomplished that goal in being a projected lottery pick. It's not about IU, or the fan, or the coach... it's about the player making the best decision for themselves.

For all you Wal-Mart cashiers... Next time your boss offers you a guaranteed $9 an hour to manage the toy department, tell them you need another year or two on checkout before you are ready.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:40 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

Hey Gary, do you have any insights on who Marquette is looking at for their coaching vacancy?

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:39 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

Gordon is a fool to think he is ready for the NBA. Just like High School his production fell off at the end of the season, can't imagine him playing 82 games in the NBA. Good luck !

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:36 pm

Gordon is one-and-done

we all saw this coming, so its not surprising at all...and i would do the same thing, so i am not knocking him for jumping to the NBA for the $$$, but i think he's still got a lot to do to be ready for the NBA.

I think he has two weapons in his arsenal...he drives hard and tries for a foul or a dunk, or he shoots a 3 from well behind the arc.  Here are 3 things he should work on before he gets in the NBA...1) he needs a mid range game; he needs to feel when he's been cut off on a drive to the basket so he can pull up and knock down a mid range jumper. 2) he needs a post game...i know he's a guard, but he's going to get posted up in the NBA by other guards, and he's going to need to know how to do that himself.  3) He needs to move better without the ball, he doesnt get as many open looks as he should being as physically gifted as he is, and with DJ white drawing double teams, he should have had more open shots.

With all that being said, i wouldnt have changed having him this year, he did average 20 ppg, and helped IU a lot when they needed scoring down the stretch in many games (he also tried to do too much sometimes and killed us).  I hope he does do good in the NBA and represent IU respectfully.  Also, dont get me wrong he is a great player, and  he'll be able to sustain himself in the NBA on pure talent, but if he works on those other 3 facets of the game, he'll be an all-star....i see him being like a gilbert arenas.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:34 pm

Hey Gary.

Where do you think Nevada's JaVale McGee will land in the draft? draftexpress had him as high as an 11, whats your opinion?

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