Gordon Making National Impact

It's rare for a high school sophomore to get invited to tryout for the USA Men's Under 18 team; however, Drew Gordon will get that chance this summer. A 6-9, 230-pound post player, he will be one of two sophomores trying out.

"I'm not sure who the other sophomore is, but to my knowledge I'll be the youngest kid there," said Gordon, ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2008 by Scout.com.

Gordon has already achieved so much at such a young age. This past summer he was invited to ABCD Camp and was statistically rated the 10th best player at the camp. Now the San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty product has a chance to play for a very prestigious team.

"I think it's going to be tough for me to make the [USA] team because there are lots of big names and stuff like that," he said. "I think it's going to be tough, but if I make it, it's going to be one of the biggest accomplishments that I've made so far."

Coaches from all over the country were in to see him workout and practice this year. Schools like Duke, Texas, Washington, UCLA, Louisville and Kentucky have all been showing him a considerable amount of interest.

Gordon lists North Carolina. Have the Tar Heels gotten involved yet?

"They've shown some interest but they haven't come out to any open gyms or anything like that."

Gordon, a member of the 2008 class, is well schooled in the recruiting process and he already knows exactly what he's looking for in a school.

"I'd like a good coach that fits me so we don't butt heads," he said. "I'd like it to be pretty good academically, too."

Most prospects don't begin taking visits until their junior year. Gordon, however, has already taken an unofficial visit to his hometown school, the University of California. But he admitted that the schools close to home won't be shoe-ins.

"Distance isn't really a factor for me," he said. "If there's a school that I want to go to that best fits me then why not just go there."

Gordon, who plays with the Oakland Soldiers AAU squad, has a big summer remaining as he might play in the Tournament of Champions, will participate in ABCD Camp, and then will head to Reebok's Big Time later in the summer.

"I'm playing up and down and I'm getting good input from my coaches and stuff like that because they say I'm not rebounding enough," he said of his this spring. "I think it's been pretty good."

While his spring and summer performances are important, his main focus it to make the USA Men's National team.

"It should be interesting I'm looking forward to it and seeing everybody there and seeing what I have to go up against."

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