Gordon talks about unofficial

Drew Gordon is a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward/center from Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif. and Gordon took an unofficial visit to Washington last week to see the Huskies defeat a game Sacramento State Hornets team 83-74. Dawgman.com caught up with Gordon for his thoughts on the game and also what he thinks of the Husky hoops program.

"I felt like I needed to get up there when I had some free time, and Washington was close and easy to get to," Gordon said when asked for his reasons for taking an unofficial visit at the time he did. "I like Washington as a school. It's a good school on the west coast and close to my family. I was just checking out the program, what it's like up there, the environment, the living situation for the student-athletes and stuff like that."

Gordon visited counselors and had a meeting with them and then watched practice. He wasn't fazed by a Lorenzo Romar-led practice because he's been in them before. Drew was part of the group selected to try out for the under-18 U.S. National team coached this past summer by Romar. He was just 15 at the time, the youngest prospect at the trials. He didn't make the final cut, but certainly learned plenty going through the process.

"I played for him (Romar) with the national team, so there was a lot of defensive work and a lot of technical moves," Gordon said. "He wants you to do everything to the best of your ability as hard as you can go. He's a good coach, a good coach. Him and my Dad are good friends. They know each other from way back from watching each other in high school ball."

Gordon added that he's familiar with all the first-year players for Washington - either by association with the U.S. National team (Spencer Hawes), or by playing against them in the AAU circuit for the Oakland Soldiers (Quincy Pondexter, Adrian Oliver and Phil Nelson).

So what did Gordon think of the game between the Huskies and Hornets? "It was a good game to go to," he said. "It's still early in the season and they are still trying to get their team chemistry together. I saw a good team in the process of becoming a great team. We'll see how the team progresses but it's definitely looking up for them."

He sees a lot of things in the Huskies' system that fit what he likes to do on the basketball court. "I like to run the floor a lot, I like leading the break," he said. "I like finishing at the rim, going strong to the basket. I'm very athletic and have a decent mid-range game. I'm working on my perimeter game. I'm a shot-blocker. Any shot put up within a six-foot area, I'm there. I like playing defense."

Still a 2008 prospect, Gordon is nonetheless getting a full dose of the recruiting process. "At times it's a little overwhelming," he said. "A whole lot of people are asking me to come to their schools, so I'm trying to handle it to the best of my ability."

To help deal with that, his parents and high school coach handle most of the recruiting calls. "My coach is trying to keep me grounded, so he doesn't tell me," Gordon said when asked about scholarship offers.

But with everything swirling around him, Gordon still has a pretty good idea when he'll make his college decision.

"Probably in the summertime," he said.

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