Evan Gordon to meet with Tom Crean today

  • 05/11/2013 2:26 pm in

Evan Gordon, who announced he would transfer from Arizona State on Wednesday night, is meeting with Indiana coach Tom Crean and taking a visit to Indiana today, he told reporters Friday night.

Gordon, the younger brother of former Indiana standout and current Hornets guard Eric Gordon, has also been in touch with Butler and may take a visit to the Butler campus on Tuesday.

“Coming to Indiana, my brother has been down here and Butler is just two minutes away from my house,” Gordon told Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star. “I’m definitely looking for the style of play and who they have and where I fit in with the team. I’m definitely looking at the coaching staff. There is a couple dynamics that I’m looking at.”

Gordon is eligible to step in and play immediately because he graduated from Arizona State this week. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.1 points per game for the Sun Devils last season after transferring from Liberty, where he averaged 14.4 points per game his sophomore season.

Initially, it appeared Indiana was the ideal fit and the favorite to land Gordon. The Hoosiers have an open scholarship for next season, and Gordon has only one year of eligibility remaining. Reports surfaced on Wednesday night that Gordon planned to transfer to Indiana.

Butler has joined the party late, however, and seems to be making a push for Gordon.

“Butler, that whole thing kind of just came about today,” he told Neddenriep Friday night.

The Bulldogs may be a good fit for Gordon as well because of Butler’s proximity to Gordon’s home and the team’s need at the guard position. While Gordon has primarily played the two-guard position in college, he is capable of bringing the ball up the floor and the Bulldogs lost starting point guard Rotnei Clarke to graduation.

“I think Butler is also another good place to play,” Gordon told Neddenriep.

Initial reports suggested Gordon wanted to make a decision quickly, and those appear to be accurate. He told reporters Friday night that he’d like decide on a school next week, but may wait until the week after.

“Next week, more than likely,” Gordon told Neddenriep. “Any staff wants to know what they’re going to be working with for the next year, so if I come to Indiana or were to go to Butler, I think they’d want a decision pretty soon so they know if they need to go find a guard.”

The way he phrased that last comment, it certainly sounds like it will be either Indiana or Butler, though Purdue has also expressed interest. We’ll have more updates on this developing story.

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  • SCHoosier

    Given the way TC will probably rotate young players next year…see no reason why Evan wouldn’t fit into that and give IU some experience in the backcourt.

  • CreanFaithful

    Agree. It’s a win/win unless he’s looking for big minutes. I can’t imagine he would see more than 10-15 min/game. But what do I know? I like the idea of adding a senior to the roster and I like it even more that his last name is Gordon!

  • RT1

    Butler is a better fit for Gordon… he get’s to start while still playing in a top 3 conference and could end up being the top scorer for the Bulldogs. At IU he is coming off the bench unless the start Sheehey at the 3. IU will be very small then and it keeps minutes from JH and TW at SF. That is short sighted thinking as Gordon would be gone after a year and it does nothing for IU’s development for ’15 and ’16.
    The more I look at this situation, the more the staff in Bloomington needs to look at Grad-exeption eligible Lasan Kromah from George Washington. He’s a 6-6 combo guard who has averaged double digits all three years in the Atlantic-10. If he’s willing to share minutes, I think he would be the best aswer available for the ’13-’14 season.

  • RT1

    If he goes to IU he’ll get more than 15 minutes a game. Last year they had 3 full time guards and 2 swingmen in VO ans WS playing minutes in the back court… Next year you only have 3 guards and thats counting WS as a full time guard and Stanford Robinson who isn’t a classic PG or 2G.
    I’ll go on record as to say he gets 20+ min p/g.

  • Hardwood83

    It would be nice if IU goes 3 for 3 on getting the Gordon’s. I would think that Butler could likely offer more playing time though and if the kid values being close to home, well they have that too.

  • IUeconAlum

    Why didn’t somebody ask him what graduate degree he wants to pursue? Butler is basically a college. They might a few graduate programs there, but IU has so many options for graduate education because it’s a real research university.

  • Big_Shot_C_Wat

    Pros: Outside shooter, good defender, experience closing out games, hit a game winner, proven ball handler.

    I think his presence on the squad makes IU even more competitive next year in the Big Ten. After all, the Hoosiers have a title to defend.

  • Kelin Blab

    I fully expect IU to sign one more player/transfer this year. Evan Gordon or someone……would be dumb not too if they found the right fit.

  • Kelin Blab

    Butler to the Big East helps Butler in many ways ..

  • Both seem like excellent options for Gordon. It’s just going to be about what he believes is the best fit for him in his last year playing college basketball. He would certainly fill a need for the Hoosiers and i would love to see him at IU, but if he chooses Butler or someone else, it’s not heartbreaking.

  • skotchie

    I believe another Senior in the mix would be positive, plus it has no effect on next years #’s.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    What sane college kid who has been away from his parents for three years wants to move close to home and go to school just two minutes from his parent’s house? Book it. This kid is coming to IU!

  • SCHoosier

    Makes sense..but more playing time for him at Butler.

  • Everybody keeps saying “he’ll get more playing time at Butler.” I’m not so sure. Indiana has some serious guard minutes to replace with Abel, VO, and Jordy gone. They needs guards.

  • HoosierTrav

    There may be a chance we get 3 Gordons and only have them for a total of 3 years!

  • marcusgresham

    Starting Sheehey at the 3 is one of the only two spots in the starting line-up I’d pretty much guarantee (Yogi being the other.)

  • marcusgresham

    If it’s not Gordon, I hope it’s Dante Exum at the end of the first semester.

  • marcusgresham

    Your mother obviously doesn’t cook as well as mine does!

  • RT1

    Sheehey will be the starting 2G at the start of the season unless Hollowell and Williams both stink it up to biblical proportions AND Stanford Robinson makes Olidipo like gains in the backcourt over the next 5 months.

    Starting5: Yogi-PG, WS-SG, JH-SF, NV-PF, Center by committee… but I’ll go Fischer over HMP.

  • RT1

    Not gonna happen. The best bet is Lasan Kromah, 6-6 combo guard out of George Washington. He’s a grad exception like Gordon.

  • twarrior87

    not necessarily, outside of Yogi and Sheehey all other guards are frosh, right? Evan would probably be the first guard of the bench. And Sheehey is more of a 2/3

  • twarrior87

    The Big East is becoming a shell of itself though. No Cuse, no ville, really only G’town and Marquette left, right?

  • marcusgresham

    …but it DID happen

  • RT1

    The “not gonna happen”‘ was in regards to them not getting a grad eligible player and signing Exum to play in January.

  • marcusgresham

    Oh, OK. My bad.