Q & A: 2016 North Central guard Eron Gordon

Indiana didn’t wait long to make a move on one of the state’s top class of 2016 prospects.

The Hoosiers have extended a scholarship offer to future North Central guard Eron Gordon (per Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star), the younger brother of former Indiana and current New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon.

Here’s a transcript of an interview with Gordon from over the weekend at the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis:

On playing for the Eric Gordon 2015 All-Stars:

“I like this team a lot. This our first tournament, and we beat one of the best teams in the country, so I’m pretty happy about that.”

On what positon he played during the school year:

“During the second half of the school year I played point guard. I still scored, but not as much.”

On his approach to the game:

“I just fill in wherever the team needs me.”

On what it’s like to play up a year in AAU:

“Yeah, I have always done it my whole life, so it’s just basically the same. Guys are just a little bit stronger and a little bit taller.”

On how playing up will help him long term:

“Yeah, it helps me in the long run, because most of the time I’m more athletic than my competition. Everyone usually gets caught up to, so as long as you can still play, you’re alright.

On the expectations of being Eric Gordon’s younger brother:

“I just don’t really pay too much mind to it. I just play and just play as hard as I can and hope that I can be better.”

On advice he’s received from Eric:

“Basically just play as hard as you can and just never give up in games, just keep on playing win or lose.”

On where his confidence comes from:

“Just playing with my brothers and basically just playing with older guys.”

On playing next season at North Central:

“Yeah I’m looking forward to it. I’ve already practiced with the team in open gym and stuff, and I know everybody cause they all went to the same middle school as me.”

School list: Gordon is also being recruited by Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

(Photo credit: The Herald-Times)

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Oh dang. Didn’t watch the video at first. This guy is… Holy crap he’s good. I think, as IU fans, we have some experience with the youngest brother being the best, i.e. Mr. Zeller. If Eron is better than Eric…. Oh dang.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

    Just from this video this kid already has a lot of skill. He does have an ugly looking release but Eric’s was kinda weird also. Who cares what it looks like though as long as it goes in but in college he will have to get his shot high upon release or it will get blocked. He is also fast already and give him 4 more years to get bigger and progress and he has the potential to be very good.

  • baukev55

    You don’t know that. It’s only a highlight reel, no one’s seen a full game.

  • baukev55

    You don’t know that. It’s only a highlight reel, no one’s seen a full game.

  • b_side

    You can add Kansas State to that list now too…not that EG would ever sniff that school.

  • b_side

    Not sure he cares too much about beating his brother’s stats, but maybe bigger team goals like winning an NCAA game for one.  No knock on EJ – kid played his heart out after the incident and injury. 

    Obviously if things continue as planned we’ll be perennial contenders with Crean recruiting a solid mix of young, talented McD’s All-Americans combined with glue guys like Hartman, Davis and Fischer as seniors by the time EG arrives.

  • Geoff_85

    For a second…I thought this was one of my comments lol.

  • Geoff_85

    Yeah, this kid’s jumper is as good as mine…and I can shoot. Unfortunately, that’s about all I can do haha.

  • Geoff_85

    Well according to the video posted above, he is 8 years old and in second grade, so I guess that would put him in 2022 – wow.

  • Geoff_85

    Well according to the video posted above, he is 8 years old and in second grade, so I guess that would put him in 2022 – wow.

  • 888

    Hed win!!

  • plane1972

    Take it easy, boys. It wasn’t meant to be a big scoop, or anything. I just get a kick out of watching a little guy with a killer crossover. Jalen is gonna break a lot of ankles.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    He would be a good get and would fill the need at PG just about the time Yogi would be leaving for the NBA.

    I’ve long said that if any of the Indiana schools could just lock down the best talent in the state of Indiana (like IU used to) and then add key pieces from other parts of the country every once in a while, that school would compete for a national championship almost every year. 

    How in the he** did the state of Indiana not end up on ESPN’s crap list of the top 5 basketball states a couple years ago?  There’s not another state in the country that produces the type talent Indiana does from a small population!  Nor is their another state that takes the game so seriously.

  • marcusgresham

    If you didn’t tell me that was a picture of Eron I’d just assume it was a pick of Eric when he was younger.  They couldn’t look any more alike.

  • CreamandCrimson

    IU hasn’t even offered him.  They may have scouted him but if there is no offer, I wouldn’t even think about him.

  • catronhoosier

    i coached middle school/junior high basketball for about 15 years so I have seen more basketball at that level then most on this site (i am assuming, very sorry if i am wrong).  And I got to be honest, he looks like the most athletically gifted and talented guards I have ever seen for that age.  I have gotten to watch a couple of his games because my nephew played against him, and he is the real deal.  He is going to get taller and bigger, and much much stronger.  You can tell he has a great deal of raw talent that will be developed through high school and playing aginst guys bigger and stronger than him since he will be a freshmen on varsity at age 14/15 playing guys who are most likely 16-18.  Huge difference there and that will make him develop more.  Plus he is a 6’2″ kid who can already dunk?!!!  That is incredible in terms of leaping ability and athleticism.  this kid will be a top 10 recruit, book it.

  • rhit87

    Is anyone besides me a little disturbed about offering scholarships to eighth graders?  I mean this kid is a special talent and I hope we get him, but I think there should be a rule that players should at least be sophomores, if not juniors, before being offered.  Give them some time to be normal kids for a while.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    It’s been happening for decades. Not a new thing. If IU doesn’t offer him one, then someone else will.

  • Ryan Goods

    He doesn’t jump at all on his 3-pointer. That could get swatted so easily

  • rhit87

     Yeah, I know.  I just don’t think it’s right.

  • Thalweg

    I love that he looks like he plays with a bit of an attitude. Soft players scare me. If he already plays tough now, where will he be in 4 years?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Robert-Coleman-III/631755699 Frank Robert Coleman III

    Wow little man is awesome! lol

  • 888

    ESPNot is eastcoast biased. Theres been movies about highschool basketball in Indiana. I pay no attention to any of there lists. They are the worst in the business period. Indiana is more steeped in players coaches, and teams then any state period. ESPNs a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 888

    ESPNot is eastcoast biased. Theres been movies about highschool basketball in Indiana. I pay no attention to any of there lists. They are the worst in the business period. Indiana is more steeped in players coaches, and teams then any state period. ESPNs a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Clintz1985

    Wow.. Hats off to Coach Crean.. He’s doing a Great Job. We’re Back Hoosier Fans!! Banner #6 is comeing back home next season!! And possibly #7 the following year!! BELIEVE THAT!!! GO HOOSIERS!!!!

  • guest

    for a moment i thaught i was watching jimmer…

  • Kenneth234

    The talk about his shooting form…I am not at all concerned about it.  I am sure you all noticed two things about it as well.  1.  How fast he gets to his release, and 2. How it went strait through the hoop! 

  • Kentc

    That is a wild looking jumper although he certainly makes it a good percentage of the time.  John Shurna has started a trend…

  • GeneralRMK

    Kelvin called and said this kid is the real deal.

  • GeneralRMK

    Kelvin called and said this kid is the real deal.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    That is awesome. Both Gordon and White could have walked away and never looked back, but both of them appear to be quite fond of IU. That says something about those guys.

    And especially DJ (Warning: Digression coming). If there’s one player in IU’s history who could honestly say he got screwed by circumstance, even as much (albeit not for as many consecutive years) as Taber and Pritchard, it was DJ White. He came in just a few years off the Final Four run only to watch the program flounder under Davis’s last years. He then saw a quick turnaround under Sampson, only to be given a parting gift of Sampson’s violations catching up with the team and torpedoing the season. And as part of that parting gift, he got to watch the team disintegrate due to players just giving up and not caring anymore. Only he and Gordon appeared to give a damn, and I’ll forever remember DJ playing his heart out in his final game and nearly singlehandedly keeping IU from completely falling apart in it.

    Those two guys really showed character.

    Anyway, White could’ve walked away from IU cursing the Hoosier program for years to come, but he’s not only been supportive, he’s always spoken positively about the university. I’m just amazed at that. And my respect for the guy has gone from really high while he was playing to through the roof for his remaining positive after he left. And remaining that way in spite of having every reason to view most of his time here dimly. Part of me wishes he’d have been old enough to have experienced success with Knight’s teams, or young enough to be here with Crean. He really ended up being one of the standard bearers from The Dark Years, and has a spot in my list of Awesome IU Players simply because of that. 

  • i

    Offered today

  • CreanFaithful

    Shurna got by with his awkward shot due to his height.  All the best guards elevate on their shot, which enables them to shoot over defenders no matter how close they are in proximity.   He’s got plenty of time to adjust though.

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to the Hoosiers!

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