Draft Express not impressed with Eric Gordon

  • 08/10/2007 9:27 pm in

Eric GordonNormally, I would have been all over this when it was first released, but with the recruit games and other things going on throughout the past week, it got pushed to the back burner.

DraftExpress, not exactly the Marty Blake of NBA scouting, watched and then critiqued our boy Eric Gordon at the Adidas Nations Basketball Experience last weekend. I’m not sure if they had EJ confused with another player because they were obviously misguided with their comments. Here’s the proof:

Eric Gordon has also been fairly disappointing so far. From what we can see here, there is going to be a certain transition for him that needs to be made to adjusting to the higher level of competition he’ll face in the NCAA. He got way too caught up in his own offense, over-dribbling, taking bad shots and running into brick walls with his head down. He didn’t even try to read the defenses, relying excessively on his fantastic athleticism to bail him out instead of playing within the flow of the offense and taking what his defenders gave him. He seems to be still playing AAU basketball while everyone around him is playing like they do in college. Gordon’s ball-handling ability still isn’t where it needs to be to take full advantage of his strength and explosiveness. He pounds the ball incredibly hard on the floor, exposing his dribble a bit higher than you would hope.

That’s funny, because just a couple of nights before, I saw Mr. Gordon play at New Albany High School. And I’m pretty sure he was by far the best player on the court like he has been every time I’ve seen him play.

I also distinctly remember talking to other members of the media who were at that game, one of whom told me with confidence that Gordon was the best high school player he’d seen all year.

Furthermore, DraftExpress still thinks highly enough of EJ to have him as their No. 9 selection in their 2008 Mock Draft. If they’re projecting him that high and still ripping him that badly, I’d hate to see what they have to say about those they have pegged after Gordon.

So go ahead, feel free to send nasty e-mails to DraftExpress. Just don’t tell them I sent you.

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  • kelin

    EJ is not a perfect player, but it is very contradicting in ranking him #9 in the draft but basically saying the kid lacks any basketball IQ. There were times this season EJ could have scored 40 a game, but I have NEVER seen him become a me first player. I saw a kid in the “McDonalds” all american game play”KS” type of defense on O.J. MEyo. So as impartial as I can be, this websites credibility is similar to the existance of the tooth fairy!

  • kelin

    EJ is not a perfect player, but it is very contradicting in ranking him #9 in the draft but basically saying the kid lacks any basketball IQ. There were times this season EJ could have scored 40 a game, but I have NEVER seen him become a me first player. I saw a kid in the “McDonalds” all american game play”KS” type of defense on O.J. MEyo. So as impartial as I can be, this websites credibility is similar to the existance of the tooth fairy!

  • Mike

    why don’t you post the rest of the article, you know where they go over the positives of EJ’s game? this just seems lazy to only post half of it

  • Mike

    why don’t you post the rest of the article, you know where they go over the positives of EJ’s game? this just seems lazy to only post half of it

  • kelin

    Ummmm you mean post the other two sentences of positive stuff…..here they are he has a soft stroke when left open and he made some great power moves….Now back to the negatives

  • kelin

    Ummmm you mean post the other two sentences of positive stuff…..here they are he has a soft stroke when left open and he made some great power moves….Now back to the negatives

  • Big A

    Mike –

    I’m not allowed to post the whole thing, only an excerpt. And as Kelin said, they didn’t have many things nice to say. If they were trying to be positive, they should have put that part first.

  • Big A

    Mike –

    I’m not allowed to post the whole thing, only an excerpt. And as Kelin said, they didn’t have many things nice to say. If they were trying to be positive, they should have put that part first.

  • kelin

    Slightly off topic, but thanks to IU or the Big Ten or the Big Ten Network, my Late fall and Winter Life is on hold because of no schedule. My wife keeps asking me to plan things that I am almost sure IU will have a game that day (wink wink) but I can’t keep holding her off. Somebody step and and at least give me a partial schedule so I can go on beyond September. All I know is, Oct. 12 midnight madness

  • kelin

    Slightly off topic, but thanks to IU or the Big Ten or the Big Ten Network, my Late fall and Winter Life is on hold because of no schedule. My wife keeps asking me to plan things that I am almost sure IU will have a game that day (wink wink) but I can’t keep holding her off. Somebody step and and at least give me a partial schedule so I can go on beyond September. All I know is, Oct. 12 midnight madness

  • kelin

    Slightly off topic, but thanks to IU or the Big Ten or the Big Ten Network, my Late fall and Winter Life is on hold because of no schedule. My wife keeps asking me to plan things that I am almost sure IU will have a game that day (wink wink) but I can’t keep holding her off. Somebody step and and at least give me a partial schedule so I can go on beyond September. All I know is, Oct. 12 midnight madness

  • I saw Gordon play in person at the Indiana HS finals against what I believe were two future Purdon’t recruits. He went all Lebron-vs.-Pistons-game-6 on ’em, and just destroyed the competition. On one fast break he was busy shaking the next defender when his original defender finally shifted into position …

  • I saw Gordon play in person at the Indiana HS finals against what I believe were two future Purdon’t recruits. He went all Lebron-vs.-Pistons-game-6 on ’em, and just destroyed the competition. On one fast break he was busy shaking the next defender when his original defender finally shifted into position …

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I still hope he somehow ends up as a Pacer….