It's going to be a busy week for the top in-state basketball player in the Class of 2007, Eric Gordon.
The 6-3, 185-pound guard from Indianapolis' North Central H.S. was at Purdue for an unofficial visit on Saturday, and he has a pair of unofficials lined up this weekend. He'll be in Champaign, Ill., for Illinois' opening practice of the 2005-06 season, and will then head up to South Bend, Ind., for an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 15.
That's three unofficials in three days for Scout.com's top-ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2007, as he takes a closer look at a trio of schools within easy driving distance from his Indianapolis home. There's plenty of attention being paid to his stop at Illinois, since the Illini are one of Gordon's favorites at this point in the recruiting process.
"I had a lot of offers to go to Midnight Madness practices," said Gordon, who attended Indiana's Midnight Madness a year ago. "I decided to go to Illinois because it's a school that I haven't visited in a long time, and it's one of my favorite schools. I wanted to see what it's like there for a true event where there are a lot of fans."
While there are no immediate plans to make a trip to Bloomington, Gordon says that the Hoosiers are a school that he's still considering seriously.
"Indiana is definitely still in the running," said Gordon. "They are definitely still in five top five."
Gordon said that top five includes Indiana, Illinois, Duke, Arizona and Missouri.
Gordon has been a frequent visitor to Bloomington for games as well as practices. He said he's enjoyed those trips to IU's campus, which includes the opportunity to visit with North Central H.S. grads and former teammates A.J. Ratliff and Adam Ahlfeld.
"I've enjoyed it every time I've been down there," said Gordon. "I know a lot of people, and I have a couple of friends and teammates that are playing at IU.
"I talk to A.J. all the time. He tells me a lot of good things about IU, and he really seems to like it down there."
While he is making a handful of trips before the start of his 2005-06 season, a decision doesn't appear to be imminent.
"It's getting tougher and tougher each day, but I'm just taking my time," said Gordon. "I'll wait until my senior year to decide."
In the meantime, Gordon is looking to become an even more talented prep player by polishing his guard skills so that he's adept at handling either backcourt position.
"I'm working on being more of a point guard," said Gordon. "I can play point, but I've ended up playing more shooting guard."
Gordon averaged 25.5 points per game as a sophomore, helping North Central to a berth in the regional final, where it lost to eventual state champion Lawrence North.
Busy Week Ahead For Indy's Gordon
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