UNC Hoops Staff Evaluating Gordon

It's hard to think that Drew Gordon, of San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, didn't start playing basketball until the 7th grade -- but it's true. Gordon's obsession with hockey delayed the start of his basketball career.

"I played ice hockey when I was young," Gordon said. "[I got] too many concussions and I kind of lost the love for it. I still think of it now and again but now it's just basketball."

With his hockey career over, the 6-9, 235-pounder is on his way to a promising basketball career that has him being recruited by just about every high major program across the country.

He said the schools that were showing the most interest are Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, UCLA, Oregon and Washington.

These schools got a chance to check him out during the open period - while all were assumedly impressed, North Carolina wants to continue to evaluate the Top 25 prospect before they'll take his recruitment to the next level.

"They were coming after me really hard before L.A.," Gordon said of the Tar Heels' interest prior to the end of summer event in Calif. "Then they said that I wasn't doing something that they wanted, so they kind of backed off a little. But I think they are going to come back strong again.

"They called my coach actually and told him that I wasn't doing something they were looking for so they aren't going to offer me a scholarship yet. They are going to wait and see what happens over the next couple of months."

While Carolina seems to have backed off a little for the time being, other schools have Gordon targeted as their top target.

"[UCLA is] definitely coming after me hard and are telling me I'm their number one recruit in that class," he said.

With 10 of the 19 schools on Gordon's list located on the eastern side of the country, is the star prospect willing to go anywhere to play basketball?

"I like different environments," he said. "I like traveling and seeing what's new. I could live on the East Coast and choose to come back for the summer and it would be nice and warm on the West Coast."

Gordon will enter his junior year with plenty of options and no aspirations of making a decision soon. While he hasn't set any visits up yet, he said there are a few schools hoping to get him on campus in September.

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