Gordon Flashes Potential

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Last spring, observers on the national level found out something that folks in Midwest who followed high school basketball closely already knew, Eric Gordon is a big-time player.

Last year as a freshman at Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central, the precocious guard shined while playing alongside current Indiana freshman A.J. Ratliff before breaking out on the national scene with the Spiece Indy Heat during the spring.

In fact, many North Carolina natives have already caught a glimpse of his talents. Despite playing for the loaded AAU squad, Gordon put up 20 points in the Tournament of Champions title game last May to earn all-tourney honors.

Now firmly entrenched in his sophomore season, the baby faced Gordon is in the middle of a growth spurt physically -- he's grown to nearly 6-4 -- and on the court. Last week Inside Carolina caught up with the athletic, smart and fundamentally strong combo guard after watching him torch Detroit (Mich.) King for 31 points at the Circle City Classic.

"I think that my game has come along," said Gordon. "With A.J. (Ratliff) gone I really need to be the man to step up and that is what I'm trying to do."

Behind that baby face of his lies the heart of a cold and calculated offensive assassin. He's got a smooth and confident stroke from deep, shakes defenders off the bounce and isn't afraid to dunk on somebody who gets in between him and the rim. In terms of overall scoring package, he's as advanced as any guard not named O.J. Mayo in the class of 2007.

Gordon is capable of running an offense and does see plenty of time at the point. However, his strength remains finding his offense and he sometimes struggles with his decision making when running a team.

Given his tender age and relative inexperience though, that's understandable and schools are lining up early and often to get his attention.

"I like North Carolina, Indiana, Duke, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa State and Missouri right now," says Gordon.

According to Gordon, two schools in particular stood out while growing up.

"My top two teams when I was little were North Carolina and Indiana," Gordon said. "Indiana is for obvious reasons and I liked North Carolina because of Michael Jordan just like everybody else."

With plenty of basketball ahead of him, Gordon is a kid that schools and fans will certainly keep an eye on. He's a good student and will look for guidance from his talented club teammates on the Indy Heat and from his father who played basketball -- under current Missouri assistant Jeff Meyer -- at Liberty University.

It's too early for a decision now, but he does plan to end things relatively early.

"I want to get things done before my senior year starts," said Gordon. "Right now I'm thinking I'll probably make a decision at the end of my junior season."

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