Bloomington – As Indiana waits for the next player to commit to its 2009 recruiting class, you might be wondering who was the first player the IU coaching staff targeted in ‘09?
It's hard to know for certain who was the first to be extended an offer, but it's obvious that North Central H.S. guard Evan Gordon was near the top of the list.
The 6'0", 190-pound point guard said he was originally offered during his sophomore season soon after his older brother, Eric, had committed to play for former Coach Kelvin Sampson. Since that time he's been regular at many of IU's games along with his father, Eric Sr.
"Once they recruited my brother they asked me if I'd come play," Gordon said.
Sampson has since departed, leaving some degree of uncertainty about how serious Coach Tom Crean's staff is about bringing a second Gordon to Bloomington. Gordon said he has talked with Crean "a little bit," so the lines of communication are clearly open.
That's good news for Gordon, who said he has offers from the three programs he's seriously considering - Indiana, Xavier and Butler.
"I like Xavier's style, and Butler is a guard-based offense," Gordon said. "With Indiana, that's been home for me."
While his brother was a high-scoring two guard at both the high school and collegiate levels, Evan is more of a primary ball handler for his high school and AAU teams. Gordon averaged 12.4 points, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals last season for Doug Mitchell's North Central H.S. team while playing alongside elite '10 prospect Terone Johnson in the backcourt.
Gordon is also a primary ball handler on the Indiana Elite LNO squad, which includes Johnson, Franklin Central big man Patrick Bade and Mooresville's Matthew Kenney, among others. Evan doesn't have the size that his older brother does, but he proved to be adept at getting to the basket during last weekend's Adidas May Classic, and he also clearly has great athleticism as well.
Evan said it's clear that there are some differences in his game compared to his brother's.
"Eric is more of a scoring point guard, and I'm more of a point guard who can score," Evan said. "He's more dominant as a scorer, while I'm more of a point guard."
Evan's older brother was courtside for a couple of Evan's AAU games last weekend, which concluded with a semifinal round loss to the Michigan Mustangs. Evan, meanwhile, has had plenty of chances to watch his older brother in action, and that's a big reason why he finds IU so appealing.
"From him coming here, I saw how the fans are and how he did down here," Evan said. "It seemed like he had a good time."
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