Gordon no stranger to expectations

Eron Gordon has a high ceiling for his basketball future, but the pressure is even higher. The high school freshman comes from a family of basketball success. The youngest Gordon is no stranger to expectations.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The season ended just two days ago for Eric Gordon. He wasted no time returning home.

Gordon, a guard with the New Orleans Hornets, was back in Indianapolis on Friday night, and there's no place he would have rather been. His youngest brother, Eron, was playing his first AAU game of the year as a member of the Eric Gordon All-Stars.

"It's definitely fun to watch," said Eric Gordon of Eron. "The only chance I get is in the summer, and I definitely want to see him improve each year."

Just a few years ago, it was Eric playing on the AAU circuit. He was rated a five-star prospect and the top shooting guard in the country. Each time Gordon took the court, college coaches lined up courtside to watch.

Eric chose Indiana as his college, picking it over Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others. He left after his freshman season to join the NBA.

Now, it's Eron's turn. He's just a high school freshman, but playing up a level in AAU play. Gordon holds scholarship offers from Purdue, Arizona State, Indiana, and Nebraska, while receiving interest from all over the country. For Friday's game, Purdue, Indiana and many other schools were in attendance to get a good look at Eron. His older brother was watching, too, and enjoying it all.

"It definitely takes me back," Gordon said. "It's a fun process. That's why I have these AAU teams. It's fun just to have Eron."

As the younger brother of two accomplished basketball players (middle child Evan Gordon is a standout at Arizona State), there's plenty of pressure on Eron. He has a high ceiling to reach, but the expectations are even higher. Eron wants to be his own player, but there's no avoiding his family's success—his NBA brother's name is stamped on the front of his jersey.

"It not too different, because it is all I know," said Gordon. "It is a little different than some kids because you get a lot of attention and everything."

Gordon is no secret to college coaches, and that has nothing to do with his last name. As a freshman at Indianapolis North Central, he averaged 19.3 points per game. Playing up two levels, he still managed to exceed expectations.

The AAU circuit is a bit different than high school ball. Games are played with a bit more freedom while the focus is on each player. The pressure is different, too, with scouts judging each prospect's every move. He's still young, but Gordon doesn't let the demands get to him.

"It's just fun, really," Eron said of the AAU game. "It's no difference. Most of these coaches watch me play during school ball, so no difference."

Eron's older brother knows from his own experience what great opportunity is beginning. Eric offered up some sage advice.

"Just keep life simple and dedicate yourself to basketball," the older Gordon has said to Eron. "He definitely wants to have this as a job when he gets older. He's got to make the most of it now."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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