Bruce Weber Can Silence Critics Now

Eric Gordon has made no secret that his number one school of choice has been the University of Illinois. Early Sunday found out about Gordon's verbal to the U of I. Read here for what this does for head Coach Bruce Weber and the future of the Illini program.

Just last week I spoke with Gordon about all of his recent visits to Champaign and felt strongly that a verbal was coming soon. "Illinois is just a special place for me; I've said it a number of times. The fans are great and they know their basketball there," said Gordon.

No writer will pass up this opportunity to finally give Weber some major props for landing another high profile athlete. Weber also received a verbal from 6-10 big man Brian Carlwell of Proviso East High School, who is currently ranked as the 33rd best player in the class of 2006 by Gordon, on the other hand, is ranked by as the nation's #1 shooting guard, which would be a great combination to go along with the great passing of big man Richard Semrau from Rocky River, Ohio. Semrau was at one time (until injuries) a national top 50 recruit and has also committed to play for Illinois.

Like most high school athletes, Gordon would love to play in the NBA, and he has seen the recent success of two former Illini guards: Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz and Luther Head of the Houston Rockets.

Recently Illinois has lost recruiting battles to Duke when they were head-to-head battles, but this one Illini fans can chalk up as a major "get" for Weber. Gordon is currently averaging 27.0 ppg.

Gordon also stated last week that when he did verbal he was going to work hard to bring others with him. One of the players that Gordon would like to play with is 2007 Illini target Derrick Rose of Chicago Simeon High School. "I would love to play college basketball with him. We do talk from time to time and send text messages to each other; also we were both on an unofficial visit to Illinois recently." Gordon also said he felt that once he made a college decision, maybe others will follow.

Some are surprised that Gordon didn't follow the other stars of Indiana and attend Ohio State like Mike Conley and Greg Oden. Gordon made it very clear that Weber was a great coach and Illinois was just as good as other top programs in the country.

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