Gordon Sets UNC Visit

It's a busy time of year for San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty standout Drew Gordon. Not only is his hoops season underway, but he's begun scheduling and taking unofficial visits. With trips to California and Washington under his belt, Gordon, a Top 10 junior, is now set to travel across the country.

Archbishop-Mitty began the season against one of the best in the country last Friday as they hosted Reno (Nev.) Galena. The heavyweight tilt matched Gordon up against Luke Babbitt, a Top 25 junior.

Gordon stepped up to the challenge going for 22 points, as Archbishop Mitty won, 76- 60.

"I've been playing better," Gordon said. "I've been working on my face up game and it's getting a lot better. I'm knocking down jump shots and I'm scoring around the basket."

This summer the 6-9, 235-pound power forward proved he's one of the best at his position in the class of 2008. He plays very physical, runs the floor and is a big-time athlete. What's held him back this far has been his ball-handling skills and shooting ability. He said he spent the offseason working on stepping his game out of the paint.

"Definitely my mid-range shot," he said, with regard to what he's worked on most. "At the end of the summer I just had some basic post moves, but now I can step back a little and hit some shots."

Near the end of the summer, Gordon indicated that North Carolina stopped recruiting him heavily, and he blamed that on his inability to knock down jump shots.

"[North Carolina] backed off on me because I didn't have much of a face up game, but now that my face up game is much better they are back pursuing me," Gordon said.

"I like how they've recruited me. There not too pushy because some coaches text me during class. I mean they are there and I like it."

While Gordon didn't give a list of schools, North Carolina, Duke, California and Washington are a few of the colleges recruiting him the hardest. He's already seen a pair or those schools and will see the other two later this month.

"Two weeks from now I'm visiting North Carolina and Duke," he said. "Then, I don't know, because my schedule is pretty tight."

Gordon said he's been visited by both Tar Heel and Blue Devil coaching staffs, but UNC was the one of the two to have its head coach at an open gym. Gordon pointed out that he's still open to new schools and likely won't make a decision until the end of the school year.

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