Gordon, Rose In Bloomington For Unofficials

Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon were welcomed by a throng of cheering IU fans at Bloomington restaurant Friday night, as the talented duo make unofficial visits to Bloomington this weekend. Find out who else was on hand for a huge weekend for IU basketball...

Bloomington, Ind. – The big news out of Bloomington is that a couple of big-time recruits are in town for unofficial visits.

Just hours after receiving word that Indianapolis Pike H.S. point guard Jeff Teague had picked Wake Forest over Indiana, IU Coach Kelvin Sampson was all smiles Friday as he welcomed two of the biggest names in the 2007 class to Bloomington.

Eric Gordon and Derrick Rose, two of the nation's top six recruits according to Scout.com, are in Bloomington for unofficial visits this weekend. The pair were among a group of 12-15 people at Yogi's, a Bloomington area restaurant, Friday night, and they are expected to be in town all day Saturday as well.

There have been reports that the players will be playing with a handful of current IU Hoosiers at Assembly Hall a couple of hours before the start of the IU-Western Michigan football game Saturday night, although that remains unconfirmed.

The pair of IU recruiting targets were joined by, among others, Sampson; IU assistant coaches Jeff Meyer, Ray McCallum and Rob Senderoff; IU strength and conditioning coordinator Jeff Wilkinson; Gordon's younger brother, Evan; and IU players D.J. White and Rod Wilmont.

The 6-2, 180-pound Rose, the nation's sixth-ranked player according to Scout.com, recently whittled his list of potential destinations to five, a group that includes Indiana, DePaul, UCLA, Kansas and Memphis. A product of Chicago's Simeon H.S., Rose averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game as a junior, leading Simeon to the Illinois Class AA state championship.

As for the 6-3, 185-pound Gordon, his very public appearance in Bloomington continues to add credence to the thought that the second-ranked player in the '07 class is giving serious thought to playing for Indiana and backing out of his Illinois verbal.

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