New Jersey native visits Hawk Hill

As a freshman at Western Kentucky, guard Derrick Gordon averaged roughly 12 points per game, and nearly 7 rebounds per game. After a successful freshman campaign, the New Jersey native opted to transfer out of Western Kentucky. Gordon took visits to two Atlantic 10 programs this week.

Over the weekend, Derrick Gordon tripped to UMass. The 6'2, 185-pound combo guard took that official visit, returned back to Western Kentucky, then flew up to Saint Joseph's on Tuesday afternoon.

Gordon is still on his official visit to Saint Joseph's, and is considering a plethora of other schools in addition to UMass and Saint Joseph's.

Both Saint Joseph's and UMass have playing time to offer in the backcourt beginning in 2013-2014, when Gordon would be eligible after sitting out a year for the transfer. On Hawk Hill, dynamic scoring guard Carl Jones will graduate following next season. The Hawks will still have a backcourt nucleus of Langston Galloway, Chris Wilson, and incoming Kyle Molock, but they could certainly use another scoring threat in the backcourt.

Coming out of New Jersey's famed Saint Patrick's High School, Gordon was a three-star recruit ranked as the 29th-best shooting guard in his class. At Saint Patrick's, Gordon teamed with Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The two then faced off this past year in the NCAA tournament.

As a freshman this past season, Gordon dropped 11.8 points per game, grabbed 6.7 rebounds per, had 2.1 assists, and turned the ball over 2.8 times.

In his very first collegiate game, against Saint Joseph's, Gordon had 25 points and 8 rebounds. On the year, Gordon scored in double-digits 21 times, and collected double-digit rebounds five times.

One of Gordon's strengths is getting to the free throw lines, which he did 5.6 times per game. From the stripe he shot 69%. From the field, Derrick shot 37% from two and 27% from three.

Saint Joseph's and UMass are both in search of a floor general in the class of 2013. As a transfer, Derrick Gordon would be able to suit up in 2013 with three years of eligibility remaining.

Continue to check back with Hawk Hill Hardwood for the latest on Derrick Gordon's transfer situation.

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