A few weeks ago Illini commit Eric Gordon from North Central High School in Indiana took center stage on national TV. North Central lost to the nation's number one team and number one player: Lawrence North and Greg Oden.
Gordon knew the spotlight was on him and it was his chance to shine. "It was a big game for me and my team. A lot of it had to do with because it was on ESPN and Coach Weber and Tracy were there. I knew a lot of the Illinois fans were watching and I wanted to play good in front of them," said Gordon as he finished the night with 27 points and a number of great plays.
"North is a good team. When we got down I was trying to help keep my team in the game, but Greg is a tough player and so is Mike Conley, so all of that gave me extra motivation."
Since Gordon's verbal, things have really slowed down for him on the recruiting front. In football, athletes will make a commitment but often times they choose another school. For Gordon, his father or coach may receive a call or two but for the most part it's been good. "I get letters but they know I'm committed to Illinois, and now I can just concentrate on basketball and school is going very well for me," Gordon said.
Gordon does watch his future teammates play. "I didn't get to see much of the last game, but I will when I get time. They are having a great season so far; the players play hard and the coaches are doing a good job."
"Maybe twice a week I talk to the coaches; mostly Coach Webster. Sometimes he will call me after a game to see how I did; I'm really close with them. Then sometimes Coach Price will call me too, just to see how things are going for me. They do a really good job of that," said Gordon.
season will be coming to a close here soon for high school basketball but Gordon will give updates on the remainder of his season with Illiniboard.com.