Eric Gordon sees similarities between himself, younger brother Eron

After watching his two older brothers go through it, former IU and current New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon believes the recruiting process will be easier for Eron Gordon to navigate.

The 14-year old Gordon, who will play at North Central High School next winter, already has offers from Indiana and Purdue and interest from several Big Ten schools.

“It should be an easier process for him since I was the first son,” Eric Gordon said at the adidas May Classic on Saturday. “He’ll be aware of it and it’s going to be his choice and he’ll have fun with it.”

Eron is playing with the Eric Gordon All-Stars on a 15-and-under team this spring, which is comprised of some of the top class of 2015 prospects in Indiana.

With the NBA season over for the Hornets, the oldest Gordon is making it a priority to watch Eron and the other teams in his program play this spring.

“I try to watch every tournament he plays,” he said. “Right after the (NBA) season, I went to see him play in Atlanta. He’s a lot better player now than he was two or three months ago when he was playing with his school team.”

After watching his brother and his teammates cruise to a comfortable pool play win at the Twin Lakes Center just a few miles from the IU campus, Gordon said he can see a lot of similarities between himself and Eron.

“You see him going to the basket a lot more,” Gordon said. “Even though I was a 3-point shooter, as I got older and stronger, I took it to the basket and that’s what I see him doing now. He’s a great scorer. He scores in different ways than I did. I was more powerful and tried to use my athleticism. Him, he’s got pretty good skills at that age.”

Gordon, who had his first season in New Orleans limited to just nine games after a knee injury, believes Eron is motivated to succeed in part due to his NBA career and the success of Evan Gordon, a guard at Arizona State.

“He’s been watching us our whole careers and now he’s just trying to do even better and be better than both of us,” he said. “I remember in NBA games, I might have 20 something, maybe 30 — he wants to score more than that the next game whenever he plays. It’s almost like a competition.”

With more than four years until he can sign a Letter of Intent, Eron Gordon told reporters at the Spiece Run-N-Slam in early May that on the advice of Eric and his dad, Eric Gordon Sr., his sole focus is on improvement.

“Everybody knows he’s gonna end up being pretty good and everybody likes to compare us,” Eric Gordon said. “I just know he’s going to be good. When he goes to college, he’s going to be looking forward to trying to be a NBA player. We look forward to that for him. But he’s still young.”

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Eron is a phenomenal talent, and that’s pretty high praise from his brother.

    What scares me a little is the “competition” aspect. Will that mean Eron is inclined to go somewhere else to prove to big brother that he can make his own way, do it better than his brother?

    Maybe his high school choice is an indication to the contrary (since Eric went there as well), but I doubt that. In the end, I think if we’re on a level field, he’s ours. But if he’s predisposed to sort of “do his own thing”, he may be a tough get.

    Best of luck to Crean and company.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Eron is a phenomenal talent, and that’s pretty high praise from his brother.

    What scares me a little is the “competition” aspect. Will that mean Eron is inclined to go somewhere else to prove to big brother that he can make his own way, do it better than his brother?

    Maybe his high school choice is an indication to the contrary (since Eric went there as well), but I doubt that. In the end, I think if we’re on a level field, he’s ours. But if he’s predisposed to sort of “do his own thing”, he may be a tough get.

    Best of luck to Crean and company.

  • RKJackson23

    Will be interesting to see how he develops his game over the next few years and who gets involved sooner rather than later! Kid can be a stud if he’s anything close to Eric. 

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Eron, I hope to see you playing in Bloomington one day as a Hoosier.  Eric, I hope to see you playing in Indianapolis next season as a Pacer.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Not too worried about it and dont think I’ll be worried about it when he’s about to decide either. I think he’s `100% a one-and-done player barring injuries. With the load of kids we have signed on and verballed and queuing up behind them for ’14 and ’15 Indiana is always going to be stocked with talent.

    Will keep an eye on his development over the next few years. No reason he shouldnt pan out to be a stud a’la Trey.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Not too worried about it and dont think I’ll be worried about it when he’s about to decide either. I think he’s `100% a one-and-done player barring injuries. With the load of kids we have signed on and verballed and queuing up behind them for ’14 and ’15 Indiana is always going to be stocked with talent.

    Will keep an eye on his development over the next few years. No reason he shouldnt pan out to be a stud a’la Trey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002953805170 Clayton Sinn

     wouldn’t that be incredible…

  • INUnivHoosier

    What better way to one up your big brother than to go to the same school and put up more points, more assists, more steals, etc., win a B1G championship, and win a national championship?

  • SCHoosier

    Long way to go..but the Zeller boys all decided to make their own niche at different schools..so could Eron. Of course with the success IU is likely to have over the next few years..may be mighty tough to say “no” to TC.

  • MillaRed

    4 years is a long time. I have other things to sink my teeth in to. Like The Movement!

  • b_side

    Not much choice in terms of high school unless his parents wanted to send him to a private school.  The Gordon’s have been living in the same house across from the JCC (in Washington Township) for at least 15 years, maybe longer.

  • marcusgresham

    I think the past coaching regimes at IU have as much to do with the Zellers’ decisions as did the desire to blaze individual trails.

  • DarkSouth

    I tried to tell my little brother that with regards to basketball.  Didn’t work, no matter how hard I tried.  

    Maybe the age gap here makes that less of a concern (my case we were only 2 years apart), but I don’t think it’s a lock for IU.

  • DarkSouth

    I tried to tell my little brother that with regards to basketball.  Didn’t work, no matter how hard I tried.  

    Maybe the age gap here makes that less of a concern (my case we were only 2 years apart), but I don’t think it’s a lock for IU.

  • DarkSouth

    Ha, don’t pretend like you’ve got better things to do in the offseason over the next 4 years. 

  • HoosierDadE

    Agree Marcus…the black hole that was IU basketball during the time of Luke and Tyler’s recruitment had more to do w/ their ND and UNC choices.

  • HoosierDadE

    Hopefully we will keep the brother train moving down to Bloomington w/ both Eron and Jalen Blackmon (little bro of James)

  • HoosierDadE

    Hopefully we will keep the brother train moving down to Bloomington w/ both Eron and Jalen Blackmon (little bro of James)

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Isn’t school choice part of the public school policy in Indianapolis, he can pretty much choose where he wants to go?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Let’s just go ahead and offer James’s 10 year old brother now. He could play for Nebraska at his current age.

  • http://twitter.com/hoosiersmitty HoosierSmitty

    Agree with that 100%. Getting top talent is never easy. So much competition and so many variables, too. 

  • scb

    I believe that’s just for IPS–North Central is part of a different school system.

  • scb

    I believe that’s just for IPS–North Central is part of a different school system.

  • MisterSlippery

    Jalen is dope

  • NaplesHoosier

    Read on Twitter today  2015 PF Marcus Derrickson, a 6′-7″ 210 lbs. of George VI High School now as seven offers…G’town, UVA, Rutgers, NC State, Miami, So. Fla., and most recently Indiana!!!!!!  Same High School as Stan Robinson…it was reported by Clint Jackson and retweeted by Stan Robinson! 

    We got a new offer for 2015 guys……

  • Kelin Blab

    Kid has a high school game playing in middle school. 

  • http://miami-pestcontrol.net/ Davep2424

    Let’s hope he wants to prove better than his brother at IU and to “develop” a little longer.

    Great times ahead!

    Dave

  • http://miami-pestcontrol.net/ Davep2424

    Let’s hope he wants to prove better than his brother at IU and to “develop” a little longer.

    Great times ahead!

    Dave

  • b_side

    Can you really blame Eric for leaving IU after his freshman year?  If he was a late first rounder or borderline 2nd rounder, I can understand the case for needing to develop (i.e. staying an extra year).  But EJ was the 7th pick, guaranteeing he and his family financial security for life.  

    That said, I always wonder what would have happened had the Sampson debacle not occured.  It wasn’t “all about the money” like other one-and-done situations.  It was either enter early or transfer like Jordan Crawford, since the program was cleaning house.    

  • b_side

    Can you really blame Eric for leaving IU after his freshman year?  If he was a late first rounder or borderline 2nd rounder, I can understand the case for needing to develop (i.e. staying an extra year).  But EJ was the 7th pick, guaranteeing he and his family financial security for life.  

    That said, I always wonder what would have happened had the Sampson debacle not occured.  It wasn’t “all about the money” like other one-and-done situations.  It was either enter early or transfer like Jordan Crawford, since the program was cleaning house.    

  • Kevgood_2000

    Why would he choose to go to a school far away somewhere when everything he wants and more is an hour away?  It’s not like Mike Davis is coaching the Hoosiers.

  • marcusgresham

    One thing I’ll be fairly confident about—-this Gordon will never give a verbal to Bruce Weber.

  • millzy32

    2 Things.

    Make Eron priority number one two three and four for 2015.

    Get big Bro Eric signed up with the Pacers.

    Beat the Heat  (I guess that was 3 things or more).

  • millzy32

    No offense Dark but unless you are Jeremiah Rivers and your little bro is Austin then we are talking about a completely different level of athlete here and probably a different mindset.

  • calbert40

    True, but in Indiana, most public schools waive their tuition for out of district students, if they enroll before the date the state takes ADM (average daily membership).  That’s the day the state decides how much money you get based on your enrollment.

    An average school makes between $5000 – $7500 for each student enrolled.  Tuition is typically about $3500 at most public schools, so they’d rather you enroll early and not charge you.

    Since this is an IU forum, I’ll leave the political discussion of this issue for a different board.  :)

  • DarkSouth

    fair enough, but I’m still not sure Eric having gone to IU is going to be a big selling point.  Just seen it too frequently.

  • DarkSouth

    fair enough, but I’m still not sure Eric having gone to IU is going to be a big selling point.  Just seen it too frequently.

  • FreeAgentSignee

    Good luck Eron Gordon!
    Sign with the Pacers Eric Gordon!

  • FreeAgentSignee

    Good luck Eron Gordon!
    Sign with the Pacers Eric Gordon!

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