Sporting News tabs Gordon first team All-American, IU ranked 10th

  • 10/04/2007 7:25 pm in

Eric GordonAnother day and another hoops preview is on the newsstands. This time its The Sporting News, which is publishing for the last time on its own after merging with Street & Smith’s.

Here’s the rundown on the magazine from the IU perspective:

  1. The Hoosiers are picked as the No. 10 team in the country. Michigan St. is No. 9.
  2. Michigan St. is the pick to win the Big Ten with the Hoosiers taking second.
  3. Eric Gordon is a first team All-American joining Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, D.J. Augustin of Texas, Chase Buddinger of Arizona and Chris Lofton of Tennessee.
  4. Gordon and D.J. White are both on the first team All-Big Ten along with Geary Claxton of Penn St., Shaun Pruitt of Illinois and Drew Neitzel of Michigan St.
  5. Jamarcus Ellis is the given the nod as the best transfer in the Big Ten.
  6. Gordon is the league’s best freshman.
  7. White is recognized as the top NBA prospect and top shot blocker in the Big Ten.
  8. Kelvin Sampson is called the best interview among Big Ten coaches.
  9. Tom Izzo is their pick for the best coach in the Big Ten.
  10. And finally, their top five teams nationally: UCLA, Memphis, North Carolina, Kansas and Georgetown.

I agree with most of the predictions here, although calling D.J. the best NBA prospect would seem to be a bit of a stretch. I’d say Mr. Gordon should have that distinction. I think most of us can agree that the Hoosiers and Spartans are the two best teams in the league. And it’s nice to see Jamarcus Ellis get some love. He’ll be a huge addition, no doubt. Is it time to start playing games yet?

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  • Sam

    I agree on D.J. White being the best NBA talent… How could you pick him over a FRESHMAN you said was going to be first team All-American… I would hope if EJ goes that far in his first year in the NCAA that he would have a higher ceiling…

  • Sam

    I agree on D.J. White being the best NBA talent… How could you pick him over a FRESHMAN you said was going to be first team All-American… I would hope if EJ goes that far in his first year in the NCAA that he would have a higher ceiling…

  • jaime gongora

    Ok I’ll say it. I think D.J. White is better than Tyler Hansbrough. I honestly think the nation does not think much of D.J. White, because he was injured for a season. I think if they play each other in the tournament D.J will make it real dificult for Hanborough to get easy baskets or quick jumpers. I would rather see D.J. as a defensive stopper than averaging 18 a game.

  • jaime gongora

    Ok I’ll say it. I think D.J. White is better than Tyler Hansbrough. I honestly think the nation does not think much of D.J. White, because he was injured for a season. I think if they play each other in the tournament D.J will make it real dificult for Hanborough to get easy baskets or quick jumpers. I would rather see D.J. as a defensive stopper than averaging 18 a game.

  • jaime gongora

    Ok I’ll say it. I think D.J. White is better than Tyler Hansbrough. I honestly think the nation does not think much of D.J. White, because he was injured for a season. I think if they play each other in the tournament D.J will make it real dificult for Hanborough to get easy baskets or quick jumpers. I would rather see D.J. as a defensive stopper than averaging 18 a game.

  • kelin

    I agree DJ is better than Tyler H_____. He is a tough player and very intense but I like DJ’s skills better. I am really going to have to stop reading this stuff…midnight madness can’t come soon enough.

  • kelin

    I agree DJ is better than Tyler H_____. He is a tough player and very intense but I like DJ’s skills better. I am really going to have to stop reading this stuff…midnight madness can’t come soon enough.

  • kelin

    I agree DJ is better than Tyler H_____. He is a tough player and very intense but I like DJ’s skills better. I am really going to have to stop reading this stuff…midnight madness can’t come soon enough.

  • Skittle Pop

    I agree with DJ being better than Hansbrough – especially if coach is right about DJ having his swagger back (as opposed to playing tentatively, which he said last season). But Jaime G – I think DJ can be a defensive stopper AND average 18 a game(!) Agree with you though, we have quite a few players that can score the ball. Need him to anchor the middle.

  • Skittle Pop

    I agree with DJ being better than Hansbrough – especially if coach is right about DJ having his swagger back (as opposed to playing tentatively, which he said last season). But Jaime G – I think DJ can be a defensive stopper AND average 18 a game(!) Agree with you though, we have quite a few players that can score the ball. Need him to anchor the middle.

  • Skittle Pop

    I agree with DJ being better than Hansbrough – especially if coach is right about DJ having his swagger back (as opposed to playing tentatively, which he said last season). But Jaime G – I think DJ can be a defensive stopper AND average 18 a game(!) Agree with you though, we have quite a few players that can score the ball. Need him to anchor the middle.

  • jaime gongora

    Skittle I hope your right. It would definetly open up Ej’s three point capabilities. The most important player for me is going to be jemarcus ellis. As long as he can hit the consistent jumper that he’s known for, we will do just fine come march.

  • jaime gongora

    Skittle I hope your right. It would definetly open up Ej’s three point capabilities. The most important player for me is going to be jemarcus ellis. As long as he can hit the consistent jumper that he’s known for, we will do just fine come march.

  • jaime gongora

    Skittle I hope your right. It would definetly open up Ej’s three point capabilities. The most important player for me is going to be jemarcus ellis. As long as he can hit the consistent jumper that he’s known for, we will do just fine come march.

  • Bob

    Quite a load to put on a freshman who has not played his first game yet. The good thing is that EJ seems to have the ability to deal with the expectations. This will be one winter I would trade South Florida for the snow.

  • Bob

    Quite a load to put on a freshman who has not played his first game yet. The good thing is that EJ seems to have the ability to deal with the expectations. This will be one winter I would trade South Florida for the snow.

  • kelin

    OK 7 days before midnight madness….WILL ELI PLAY?

  • kelin

    OK 7 days before midnight madness….WILL ELI PLAY?

  • kelin

    OK 7 days before midnight madness….WILL ELI PLAY?

  • PK

    The Sporting News’ preview doesn’t make any sense:

    If Eric Gordon plays well enough to earn FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN status as they predict…

    a) We will finish better than 10th in the country
    b) He will be a much better NBA talent than DJ. I’m talking No. 1 overall better.

    GO HOOSIERS

  • PK

    The Sporting News’ preview doesn’t make any sense:

    If Eric Gordon plays well enough to earn FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN status as they predict…

    a) We will finish better than 10th in the country
    b) He will be a much better NBA talent than DJ. I’m talking No. 1 overall better.

    GO HOOSIERS

  • Schultz

    not to take anything away from michigan state, i think they’ll have a great team. but they could cart out a youth-league team of 10 year olds onto the floor and still be in the preseason top 10.

  • Schultz

    not to take anything away from michigan state, i think they’ll have a great team. but they could cart out a youth-league team of 10 year olds onto the floor and still be in the preseason top 10.