Gordon garnering national attention

Four-star guard Eron Gordon is becoming a coveted recruit. Purdue, the first school to begin recruiting the Indianapolis standout, now has plenty of competition.

Eron Gordon has seen it before. As the younger brother of former top recruits Eric and Evan Gordon, he's familiar with the recruiting process.

Now, it's the youngest Gordon that's becoming a national name. The four-star shooting guard holds offers from Purdue, Arizona State, Indiana and Nebraska, and has seen interest flow in from Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State and UCLA, among others.

The power programs of college basketball have come calling.

"It's a little different," Gordon said of being on the receiving end of the recruiting attention. "I've already seen it happen, so I know how to react. It feels pretty good knowing schools outside of your state, your region want you to play for them."

Gordon, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore, is taking the process with patience. He considers each school that has offered a "top school" in order to fairly evaluate his options. Still, he takes in the interest from each school that's recruiting him.

"I just handle it accordingly," said Gordon. "I just try to balance things out, give everybody a fair chance. The offers so far, they're the ones that matter the most to me, because they're saying I can play right now for them. "

The first school to begin recruiting Gordon, Purdue, remains steady in its recruitment. Coaches Matt Painter and Jack Owens remain in consistent contact with Gordon's father, who handles the recruitment so Eron can focus on school.

Several years after the Boilermakers first began to show interest, Gordon remains high on the local program.

"I still like Purdue a lot," Gordon said. "… I can really see myself playing at Purdue."

A visit to West Lafayette could be in the works for Gordon. Purdue is looking to break the trend of Gordons playing at Indiana. Eric Gordon, the former five-star prospect who's now with the New Orleans Pelicans, played his college ball at Indiana. Then, Evan Gordon, the middle brother, transferred from Arizona State to play for the Hoosiers.

A big sophomore season could turn interest into offers for Gordon. His personal goal is to rise into the national top 25 in the recruiting rankings, while his team goal is to win a state championship with North Central (Ind.) High School.

"I'm just trying to get better, as a person and a player, on and off the court," he said.

Gordon's recruitment remains wide open, with plenty of suitors pushing for his services.

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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