Report: Eric Gordon makes Team USA cut

  • 07/27/2010 7:00 pm in

BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 29:  Eric Gordon #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers looks on during the game against the Chicago State Cougars at Assembly Hall December 29, 2007 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

According to a report published today in The Indianapolis Star, former IU guard Eric Gordon made the cut from 19 to 15 players competing for a spot on the Team USA roster for the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey:

The 2007 Indiana Mr. Basketball from North Central High School will be named today to the national team that is going to New York.

However, Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com is reporting that no cuts will be announced by USA Basketball until Wednesday:

After originally saying they’d make up their minds by Monday, Team USA now says it will not decide until Wednesday which four players will be cut from the roster.  To me, this is a clear sign that there is an internal debate raging over which four players to cut.

Both USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke highly of Gordon’s effort (16 points in 26 minutes) in last week’s training camp and Saturday’s USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

“I said earlier in the week his elevator was rising and I don’t think he’s reached the top floor yet,” Colangelo said. “I thought he did a great job out there, and he shot the ball really well.”

Krzyzewski said: “He had a rhythm out there and he was knocking down shots. I thought Eric was impressive.”

Members of the 2010 World Championship team will be considered for the 2012 Olympic team.

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  • BaseballBuc

    One of my all-time favorite IU players as you can see from my avatar picture. Congratulations to Eric, as the world will soon know that EJ is on the rise. Also congrats to my Pacer Danny Granger, as he also made the team.

  • Kelin Blab

    I am happy for EJ and hope he makes the final cut and I hope Kelvin Sampson gets fired from his NBA job on the same day the team is announced.

  • jayrig5

    He's a perfect fit for international play. If they keep Rondo, Billups, or Mayo over him, it will be a mistake. Also, it was great seeing he and Rose play together, and you have to figure the college coaches on the USA staff (Boeheim, Coach K) remember them dominating during AAU. Considering the lack of bigs, I'd just go with a bunch of guards. My 12, on the off chance anyone at all cares, would be Rose, Gordon, Westbrook, Curry, (another perfect international player) Billups, Durant, Granger, Chandler, Iguadola, Gay, Lopez, and Love. Plenty of balance, guards that defend and shoot and run, wings that can score and rebound, some toughness inside with Love, Chandler, and Lopez.

    Sadly, I'll probably miss on like 5, and the team will lose to Spain. But, this has all been off-topic, I suppose. I just hope EJ makes it. Watching him play, to my eyes, his shot still hasn't gotten back to where it was before the injury.

  • Outoftheloop

    Based on experience you start: Durant, Chandler, Rose, Billups, Odom; based on scoring ability and talent you start: Durant, Chandler, Rose, Gordon, Granger. Granger over Iguodala with Green cut; Gordon over Curry. You keep Rajon as the 3rd PG over Westbrook cut; Love as the 3rd C/F over Gay cut; and Lopez at C to back up Chandler. Gay and Westbrook are good but not quite good enough. I am sure that Coach K appreciates my help.