Saturday night Eric Gordon finished his junior year of basketball, losing to Carmel, Indiana. "I played okay. I finished the night with 20 points and like 6 or 7 rebounds. It's too bad we lost, but we had a good year and we accomplished a lot as a team," said Gordon.
Just last week Gordon had a career high with 45 points. "That night everything was going in. I was taking the ball to the rim, hitting threes and made a lot of free throws. It was just one of those nights for me," he added.
How committed is Eric Gordon to the University of Illinois? "Well, I'm 100% committed. But like right now, "they" the people at Indiana, are calling me a lot. They are telling me that Steve Alford is coming next year and I should think about that. But I'm going to Illinois. The Illinois coaches have been good to me; they call me all the time to see how things are going," said Gordon.
This summer Gordon plans to play with the Indiana Heat AAU team, which he said should start in a month or so. Gordon wants to keep playing and working on his overall game. He's a true student of the game. "I like basketball. I watched the Illinois / Michigan State game. That was good win for them."
With Gordon saying that he's getting some information on the next coach at Indiana, how ethical is it for any school to contact a recruit once he verbals to a school? Gordon has his reasons for wanting to play for the 10th ranked team in the nation: coaching staff, academics, fans and the chance to play in the NBA. That is something Weber has proven he can do - put players in the NBA that can play.
Illiniboard.com will follow Gordon this spring and summer to get updates on his game.