Gordon Addresses Rumors

Indianapolis North Central guard Eric Gordon addressed rumors about whether the coaching change at IU would result in a re-thinking of his verbal commitment to Illinois.

Bloomington, Ind. – Indianapolis North Central high school's Eric Gordon was in Bloomington over the weekend for the Adidas May Classic where he reaffirmed his commitment to Illinois and thanked Indiana fans for wanting him to stay in state.

"Indiana has always been the place for Indiana ball players," said Gordon. "They just want kids to stay in state. I thought I made the right choice by picking Illinois because it suits my style. That hasn't changed. I'm still solid with that."

The 6-3, 185-pound shooting guard is considered a top-five player nationally and picked Illinois over the likes of Arizona, Duke, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

"It's my decision and I picked Illinois," said Gordon. "I'm not listening to anybody and I'm not changing my mind. It's all about my decision."

In recent weeks Gordon's commitment to Illinois was being questioned amid rumors he may re-open his recruiting. Throughout the process, Illinois head coach Bruce Weber has gone on the word of Gordon – something Gordon has never changed.

"Coach Weber already knows my intentions so we don't talk about the rumors anymore," said Gordon. "He knows things like that are going to happen, but we talked about it a long time ago."

Now that his recruitment is out of the way, Gordon will be able to spend his summer focusing on improving his basketball game instead of worrying about being recruited.

"It's a tough process when you have all these coaches looking at you when you're trying to commit," said Gordon. "It seems like it changes your game because you're always trying to impress somebody. Now I'm just relaxed and ready to play all the time.

"I know I don't have to worry about anything or try to prove anything. I just get to focus on working until I get to Illinois."

Even with Gordon trying to close the book on his recruitment, many coaches are still trying to get him to turn the page on Illinois. Among those coaches is Indiana's own Kelvin Sampson.

"Coach Sampson has been talking to my coach, but I haven't talked to him that much," said Gordon. "He recruited me when he was at Oklahoma, so I know him. I think it's a good pickup for Indiana to have him as their coach, but I'm going to stay with Illinois."

Gordon is a product of the same high school that produced Indiana's own and 2004 Mr. Basketball A.J. Ratliff. Gordon will not follow Ratliff's footsteps, but he knows how much people would like him to.

"I knew how a lot of Indiana fans wanted me to stay in state and I knew they wanted me to go to Indiana," said Gordon. "They've been telling me that for a long time. I don't think that will stop until I actually go to college."

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