Sampson wasting no time with Gordon

  • 08/28/2007 9:40 pm in

gordon.jpgAlmost as soon as Eric Gordon made his commitment to IU official, I wondered how his addition would jive with the veterans on the team. Regardless of his considerable talent, Gordon remains a freshman with no experience at the college level, and it is interesting, if not a bit silly, to think that a hardline guy like Kelvin Sampson might wait and phase Gordon in over the early part of the season, rather than anoint him before the season started.

Turns out, I was being silly. Sampson has made Gordon “the guy” already:

He has been a practicing Division I basketball player for less than 12 hours, but Eric Gordon does not hesitate for a second. When he is open, in rhythm, in the structure of the Indiana offense, he shoots. He knows exactly who he is.

IU coach Kelvin Sampson told Gordon before practice began: “Don’t defer. Play like you’re the guy.” No one here is kidding anyone. Gordon already is wearing a crimson jersey in practice, and in case it’s not clear what that signifies, it’s the same color as star center D.J. White has on his back.

Good to see that Gordon is a starter from day one. There’s no doubt D.J. White will continue to be the de facto team leader, but sometimes experience is trumped by sheer talent, of which Gordon has an incredible wealth. Hopefully he and D.J. can balance those responsibilities to the team’s greater benefit as the season picks up.

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  • kelin

    Wow. One interesting thing is, the article was on MSNBC…mmm didn’t see any Memphis stuff on there yet? Oh wait..let me check cstv first.

    I hope Eric does Eric and not defer to anyone. That is why KS recruited him and that is why we love him/his game. His defense will come along, I am sure OJ “Me”yo could vouch for EJ’s D!

  • kelin

    Wow. One interesting thing is, the article was on MSNBC…mmm didn’t see any Memphis stuff on there yet? Oh wait..let me check cstv first.

    I hope Eric does Eric and not defer to anyone. That is why KS recruited him and that is why we love him/his game. His defense will come along, I am sure OJ “Me”yo could vouch for EJ’s D!

  • knasmiley

    I read the article too, I think Kelvin summed up what many have asked, is how will DJ White react to a Frosh who can do it all? Kelvin stated shortly that DJ returned didnt he, I think that sums it up completely, DJ is a TEAM guy and im sure welcomes the arrival of ALL the frosh, especially one that gives IU a great chance to get to San Antonio…….

    EJ will dominate D-1 bball from day 1 and by all accounts Kelvin Sampson wants him to do just that, the remark about were not kidding anyone states it all. EJ can take DJ and the rest of the team DEEP into the tourney, that is where I think DJ can shine like he did last year against UCLA…….

    AJS

  • knasmiley

    I read the article too, I think Kelvin summed up what many have asked, is how will DJ White react to a Frosh who can do it all? Kelvin stated shortly that DJ returned didnt he, I think that sums it up completely, DJ is a TEAM guy and im sure welcomes the arrival of ALL the frosh, especially one that gives IU a great chance to get to San Antonio…….

    EJ will dominate D-1 bball from day 1 and by all accounts Kelvin Sampson wants him to do just that, the remark about were not kidding anyone states it all. EJ can take DJ and the rest of the team DEEP into the tourney, that is where I think DJ can shine like he did last year against UCLA…….

    AJS

  • Mike

    Good entry. Looks like KS is smart enough not to keep Secretariat in the starting gate…or run him with ankle weights. I like the sound of it.

    BTW, it’s “jibe,” not “jive.”

  • Mike

    Good entry. Looks like KS is smart enough not to keep Secretariat in the starting gate…or run him with ankle weights. I like the sound of it.

    BTW, it’s “jibe,” not “jive.”

  • Mike

    Good entry. Looks like KS is smart enough not to keep Secretariat in the starting gate…or run him with ankle weights. I like the sound of it.

    BTW, it’s “jibe,” not “jive.”

  • Adam

    Did anyone else notice Duke recruit Taylor King looking at EJ in awe as he blew past him for the monster slam? I can’t wait to see EJ in a Hoosier uniform this year.

  • Adam

    Did anyone else notice Duke recruit Taylor King looking at EJ in awe as he blew past him for the monster slam? I can’t wait to see EJ in a Hoosier uniform this year.

  • Big A

    King wanted to stay off of the poster, but failed in his attempt.

  • Big A

    King wanted to stay off of the poster, but failed in his attempt.

  • Big A

    King wanted to stay off of the poster, but failed in his attempt.

  • Pudge

    It’s nice to hear a frosh coming in and setting the tone. Maybe the vets will get their head out of their keisters and realize what playing Indiana basketball is all about. IU PRIDE need a say anymore.

  • Pudge

    It’s nice to hear a frosh coming in and setting the tone. Maybe the vets will get their head out of their keisters and realize what playing Indiana basketball is all about. IU PRIDE need a say anymore.

  • kelin

    Is it just me or is no one looking forward to the ACC/Big 10 tourney. Why in the hell, did they not match up Duke and IU again…or even IU and UNC. I know GT was supposed to have all those guys coming back, but the IU DUKE game was huge every year and always a good game.

  • kelin

    Is it just me or is no one looking forward to the ACC/Big 10 tourney. Why in the hell, did they not match up Duke and IU again…or even IU and UNC. I know GT was supposed to have all those guys coming back, but the IU DUKE game was huge every year and always a good game.