2008 star lists Louisville; Remains open

TEANECK, NJ -- Rick Pitino spent considerabe time last week at ABCD and the Nike All-America Camp evaluating several of the nation's top juniors. One 2008 star, 6'9 CA PF Drew Gordon, lists Louisville among his favorites and told InsideTheVille.com he's very much open with his recruitment.

Sonny Vaccaro's famous ABCD Camp showcases some of the most talented basketball players from all over the country every summer. This year was no different as guys like O.J. Mayo, Kevin Love and Bill Walker traveled to Fairleigh-Dickinson University to participate in the longest running summer camp.

One camper, Drew Gordon, flew in from San Jose, CA., to play on one of the biggest stages that high school basketball has to offer. But that's nothing new for the 6-9, 225-pound PF that just got back from the USA basketball trials.

"The USA thing was great," Gordon said. "I didn't think I was going to make the first cut. But I ended up making the first cut and now I'm on alternate. It was an all around great experience."

Getting invited to play for your country is an honor in its self, but being invited was quite an accomplishment for a kid that was the youngest player to attend the trials by over a year.

"I thought it was fun. It was a new experience. I've never really played against that level of competition. It was another level up from ABCD camp because it was the top 30 guys. It really improved my game in a week."

And Gordon showed off his improved game at camp this past week and his performance was good enough to earn him a spot in the all-star game.

"I think I've been playing real well. I've been going real hard to the offensive glass and doing what I can on post ups. I've been rebounding and blocking shots too."

The college coaches have been all over him already. He said he's received interest from Kentucky, Duke, UConn, Texas, Arizona, Cal, Washington, Louisville and Florida. He also said the school recruiting him the hardest is Duke. However, Gordon is just taking the process in strides.

"The recruiting process is going well and I try not to be too stressed about it. My high school coach sees that I was getting a little overwhelmed in the first couple months of (recruiting) being allowed. So he took the load off of my shoulders and gave the college coaches his number."

While Duke is on him the hardest, Gordon said everyone is equal to him right now.

"Not at this point," he responded when asked if he had any leaders. "I'm trying to stay open to everything. I would like to narrow it done in the next couple of months or so. I'm staying open to everyone."

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