Louisville, Ky. - Eric Gordon's arrival in Bloomington is on the horizon.
The 6-4, 200-pound guard from Indianapolis' North Central H.S. helped the West squad to a 114-112 win by scoring 13 points in last night's McDonald's All-America game last night. Next month, he'll be headed to New York's Madison Square Garden as one of the 20 high school seniors picked to play in the Jordan Brand All-America Classic April 21.
From there, Gordon said he might play in a couple of games in the state of Indiana as well before arriving in Bloomington early this summer.
"I'll probably start (at IU) early – probably in June," Gordon said.
His arrival is among the most highly-anticipated in recent memory for the Hoosiers. Scout.com's second-ranked player nationally, Gordon is a virtual lock to be crowned the state's Mr. Basketball next month and a potential national high school player of the year as well. He's also the marquee name in a loaded '07 IU recruiting class that will join an IU team that went 21-11 in Kelvin Sampson's first season in Bloomington.
In Gordon, Indiana will be getting a player who led the state in scoring this season at 29.0 points/game thanks to a diverse offensive game. He has shooting range that extends well beyond the 3-point arc, but he might be at his best when he's putting the ball on the floor and attacking the rim – something this year's Indiana team struggled with a great deal.
Despite nursing a sore hamstring, Gordon did both of those things at Freedom Hall Wednesday night while being matched up with some of the country's best backcourt players, including USC-bound O.J. Mayo.
Once he gets to Bloomington, Gordon said he envisions himself being a player capable of playing a couple of different positions on the floor.
"I think I'll play a little 1 (point guard) and 2 (shooting guard) next year," Gordon said. "That's the way I'm best. I like to be a more complete, overall guard. And that's the expectation – scoring and being able to handle the ball. I think that's the best fit for me."
Gordon will join an IU backcourt that figures to be loaded next season. Armon Bassett, A.J. Ratliff and Joey Shaw were regular contributors this season, while fellow newcomers JaMarcus Ellis and Jordan Crawford also figure to be in the mix as well for Sampson's squad.
However it plays out, there's little doubt Gordon will be a major contributor in his first season in an IU uniform.
"You never know (what your role will be)," Gordon said. "Whatever the best fit is for me, especially with (Sampson's standard."
Notes and Observations from McDonald's game:
- the biggest pre-game ovations went to Patrick Patterson, Jai Lucas and Eric Gordon. The 6-8, 230-pound Patterson and the 5-10, 150-pound Lucas remain uncommitted, and both are still considering Kentucky as a potential destination. With a partisan UK crowd in attendance, that duo ranked 1-2 during introductions. Ranking third was the IU-bound Gordon, who was well received by the IU fans who traveled to the game.
"Indiana is kind of close to here, and there are a lot of Indiana fans in Louisville, so I knew there would be a good crowd," Gordon said.
- Three players who didn't receive the same kind of warm ovation were Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler and Taylor King. All three are Duke-bound, and Kentucky fans are still quick to heckle anything involving Coach Mike Krzyzewski's program.
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