Gordon looking at all his options

Drew Gordon has been a known commodity for some time now but his stock should be off the charts by the time the July summer camps are over. The 2008 big man is the real deal and the teams that are lining up to court him justify those claims.

The 6-8 power forward from San Jose is already a top-20 player in his class and has the skills and size to stay there. He's got a good build, yet is athletic and mobile.

Right now he is hearing from numerous programs but claims no favorites other than an appreciation for Duke.

"Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville and Washington are some of them," Gordon listed when asked who he was hearing from.

He has spent little time investigating schools and seems to be genuine when he claims that he is a long ways away from making a decision.

"I'm open to anyone really," said Gordon. "It's really early in my career really. I am open to anyone who offers. I am open to any school, there are no restrictions for me."

Although Arizona is in the mix he isn't hearing a lot from them yet. He admits that they have a good program but was also honest when he said he did "not know that much about them."

Gordon wants to start narrowing things down after the summer and hopes to make a commitment some time at the end of his junior summer, before his senior year begins.

This summer he'll play for the Oakland Soldiers as well as attending the ABCD camp.

Unlike many big men you find nowadays, Gordon knows that he's at his best inside. While he isn't afraid to put the ball on the floor or stick the jumper, he's at his best in the paint. He's a rare modern player who does not mind playing in a structured offense.

"I like to touch the ball so I like it when they dump it down in the post," Gordon said. "Run and gun is good too because it wears out the other team and I guess I'm kind of athletic."

Gordon made headlines for several reasons this year. Ever the athlete, he finished seventh in the state in both the shot put and discus. He also made national highlight shows for a full court shot he made this past season.

"It's fun," he said of the national exposure. "Getting any kind of attention is fun. It will probably never happen again in my life. It is good to have on tape and I have it I can show my kids and say ‘I made this shot'."

Gordon is an elite recruit but knows he has a long ways to go. Last summer he faced Greg Oden and was impressed by 2006's best player.

"Intimidating, real intimidating," Gordon said of his match-up with the Ohio State bound big man. "I'm trying to have fun but at the same time I have that competitive edge where I want to be him when in reality that isn't going to happen. You have to make the best of it."

By next year players may be saying similar things about him.

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