Q & A: Evan Gordon talks about commitment to IU

050913cxbsInside the Hall had a chance to speak one-on-one this morning with the newest Hoosier, Evan Gordon, about his decision to play his final season of college basketball in Bloomington.

Here’s a transcript of our conversation:

Inside the Hall: It’s been a quick turnaround here, but talk about why you picked Indiana and how you fit into the program.

Evan Gordon: First, they have a great masters in sports administration program. I think that’s one of the biggest keys was the masters program that I was going to get into. Secondly, being from Indiana, going to IU is probably the second greatest accomplishment besides playing in the NBA. Third, coach (Tom) Crean has those guys winning. They just came off a great season and to keep that tradition rolling is another great key. I’m also close to home and my family can come see me and I can go see my family at any time.

ITH: What do remember about when Eric played at Indiana? Obviously a lot has changed since that time.

EG: I kind of remember everything. I used to go down there all the time just to hang out with him and be around him. I got to see them practice and see them play almost every home game. I was definitely with it and in it when he was. He loves the Indiana tradition and he still goes back. He always says, ‘man, I wish I would have stayed in college,’ so he goes back and visits IU constantly. You can just see the tremendous respect he has for their program.

ITH: As far as what you can bring to the program next year, talk a little about where your game is at this point and how you think you’ll fit in next year.

EG: Just playing the combo guard. Yogi (Ferrell) is there and they needed guards so I’m another guard that can score, can shoot and can pass. I think just playing on the perimeter and being a little older than the rest of the guys is also going to help me in the leadership factor on the team. Just playing a primary scoring role and being a leader I think is going to be my main focus in what we’re looking to do next year.

ITH: As far as when you’re planning to go to Bloomington, will you go down this summer?

EG: I plan to go down for the second summer school session.

ITH: You talked about the program winning again, talk a little about how far the program has come from watching afar. It sounds like you are pretty excited to be a part of it.

EG: I’ve seen how it has changed from the Bobby Knight era to the Mike Davis era and I’ve seen the pitfalls and I’ve seen them win. At the end of the day, they are one of the biggest and best programs in the country. It doesn’t get much of a bigger stage than IU. My brother went there, he won, and I plan to do the same thing.

ITH: What do you hope to do with the sports administration masters after college?

EG: I plan to stay in the game of basketball as a coach or work in a front office in college or the professional ranks.

  • N71

    This certainly can’t hurt out chances with Eron. I have no idea what to expect, should be fun to watch. Off to YouTube to watch video on Evan.

  • IUeconAlum

    Great pick up. It’s nice he is so enthusiastic about the masters program.

  • PDXHoosier

    Seems like perfect fit for one year. An experienced guard who can shoot is exactly what we needed.

  • iujunebug

    Welcome to IU, Evan! Best wishes for continued success in the classroom and on the court. Go Hoosiers!

  • And_One

    His experience and physical maturity will be a tremendous asset on a relatively young team. I expected this team to start slow and become a force to be reckoned with by the end of the season. The addition of E.Gordon (part II) should help get them up to speed that much sooner. I love his attitude about the school and the masters program, and his eagerness to be a leader.

  • SUNY_RIT_IU_Grad

    Enjoying the summer but also looking forward to next season of IU Hoops. Welcome Evan to the Hoosiers, good luck on the court and more importantly in the classrooms.

  • http://www.trinityoaklabs.com Hoosiergirl

    This could affect whether or not we get Eron Gordon. Think 3 from one family is possible???? Thinking bro #3 is going to want to be different. Just saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/survivored Ed Ellis

    I really don’t see any negatives here. We have room for him, he’s got great experience under his belt, and he’s averaged double figures every year he’s been in college (both at Liberty and ASU). Great pick up.

  • IUMIKE1

    As we see more & more minutes from other backcourt players I think we will see that his defensive presence is going to help us as much as anything else, or I’m hoping that that is the case. When asked what he brings to next year’s team he listed a primary scoring role & being a leader. Hope he meant for perimeter defense to be included in the being a leader part.

  • MillaRed

    Would not be surprised at all if he starts.

    PG – Yogi
    SG – Gordon
    SF – Will
    PF – Noah
    C – Luke

    The experience he brings is is best asset. Now we do not have to rely on another FR to carry high minutes. We just got a lot deeper.

  • Mooks

    I think everyone is forgetting that we have 2 walk on guards (Paul Bayt and Joe Fagen) coming on this season. We are not short on guards. Were short on collegiate experience. This will probably be the lowest winning season Tom Crean will have for a very long time. Evan Gordon’s addition is really crucial however. We really need .

  • iuoiu

    And as we learned this past year with the injury to AE and the suspensions that wrecked our bench that’s definitely a good thing.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    any chance will moves to SG, jh or tw starts at SF, and gordon backs up yogi?

  • RT1

    Your line-up is too small… and WS is going to be a 2 guard at the next level so:
    1 – YF
    2 – WS
    3 – JH
    4 – NV
    5 – LF / HMP
    But your line-up will be on the floor often enough as Crean is not afraid to go small with WS (or VO last year) at the 3. Problem is you lost your best 2 ouside shooters so this years team will be better suited to go long with athletes. It’s gonna have a much different feel in Bloomington this fall.

  • Mooks

    What about this?

    PG- Yogi
    SG: Gordon
    SF: Sheehey
    PF: Jeremey (Stretch 4)
    C: Noah (More like a Georgie Dieng Type) (Remember Noah has a wingspan of 7’4″. This is going to be really helpful when shooting contested mid range jumpers/fadeaways/and rebounding).

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    “He always says, ‘man, I wish I would have stayed in college,’ so he goes back and visits IU constantly.”

    Eric was a gem. He and DJ. I swear, it stinks that those two’s time at IU coincided with He Who Shall Forever Be Persona Non Grata. As it is, they’re already fondly remembered and extolled as exemplary IU players and people; could you imagine what status those two would’ve had had they been around during good times? They’d be legends.

  • joebull

    Even if the youngest plays for IU, you could add all three brothers years at IU together and they might not add up to 4 years! Kind of funny…

  • marcusgresham

    I see Hollowell in the starting lineup.

  • marcusgresham

    Hollowell

  • marcusgresham

    3—Jonny Marlin

  • yimyames

    Well, Eron just got season tix for next season, hopefully by the end of this coming season he feels like its his second home.

  • RT1

    Do you really want to have a 5-11 and 6-1 starting backcourt in the B1G?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawncongo Shawn Congo

    I agree fully with this lineup, but I think his lineup will change throughout the year, unlike this year. The only other will be a change to a larger line up at times. Though it will not be necessary most of the time bc of Gordon’s D. However, I think the larger lineup will be…
    PG – Yogi
    SG – Willy
    SF – Hollowell/Troy
    PF – Noah
    C – Luuuuuuke

  • Sean G

    The starting backcourt last year was 5-11 and 5-11 and they won the B1G Regular Season Championship outright. I think the added experience of Gordon on the floor could only help… We’ll have to wait and see, but I trust the judgement of the coaching staff.

  • SCHoosier

    seeing is believing.

  • RT1

    Sean, did you really just type that? I tell you what, I think Yogi and Gordon can win the B1G next year… just get me VO, CZ and CW back i Bloomington to make it happen….

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Much more to the game than stats. Still, interesting to compare…

    Remy Abell: HT: 6’4″, WT: 201, Pts/min: .32, Reb/min: .12, Assits/min: .07, FG%: .469, 3P%: .485

    Evan Gordon: HT: 6’1″, WT: 187, Pts/min: .31, Reb/min: .09, Assists/min: .07, FG%: .391, 3P%: .347

  • hoosier1158

    IU shouldn’t be counting on walk-on players to make a significant contribution.

  • Mooks

    At this point no, but they can provide much needed breathers for the starters. We were plagued with injuries/suspensions last year, especially in the forward position. Elston, Etherington, Perea, Jurkin. Etc.

  • WisconHoosier

    While I understand what you’re saying, I hope Evan doesn’t constantly hear the “Hey, what about your younger brother?” question. That would get tiresome pretty fast.

    I’m glad Evan is here. I look forward to Evan’s contributions. (To be clear, you didn’t say otherwise, N71 – I just thought your post was a good spot for a related comment.)

    Go IU.

  • Sean G

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not guaranteeing that IU will win the Big Ten Title simply because Evan Gordon is walking on campus. I’m not even guaranteeing that he will start or disagreeing with your starting line up (and explanation thereof) below – in fact I think your line up would be a strong one. I’m just stating that, after last year, I find it difficult to discount the potential of a speculated starting line up based solely on the size of the backcourt.
    It’s all speculation at this point, but I do believe it’s going to be a fun season and I’m excited to see how this group meshes and plays together.

  • MillaRed

    So all of this is happening because you say so?

  • MillaRed

    I have seen it suggested many times, yet will not believe Will handles the 2 guard. He’s a senior and has never seen the 2 spot in his career. He is a SF and that’s where I see him.

    I am a Hollowell fan and think he certainly can earn a spot. But something tells me JH and Noah as our bigs may not happen.

  • RT1

    EVERYTHING here is going to happen at one time or another but there is no doubt that IU will be more successful with WS at the 2… it alows more minutes for JH / TW / maybe AE at the 3.

  • MillaRed

    Man I think CTC should just go ahead and throw you on the staff. You…..seem…. to know…….everything!

  • RT1

    Nah… my time has past. I walked away from my last D1 job in ’91 to work in the private sector. Have a nice day and be happy for WS when he’s the startng 2 next fall.

  • Kenneth234

    We could probably mix in some, how is Eric doing, and when will he back in town? Or when is he going to sign with the Pacers?

  • Kenneth234

    Abel’s numbers are a little deceptive. He had a very solid pre-conference season, but played miserably in conference. Certainly, I believe Evan can be more effective throughout the season than Remy was during conference play. If not, it wasn’t like Remy was going to be around anyway, so it really doesn’t matter.

  • Thomas Davey

    Why so negative to this persons post?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimsnaza Jim Snaza

    Sorry but everyone is right here. The point of this move is not “Who starts?” but the point is, we have a deeper bench.

    We can play small with EG at the 2 or play big with WS at the 2. Hollowell should be explosive next year. And, with HMP playing 4 or 5 and EG, WS, and JH competing for time at the 2 and the 3, I think we have a team that could be ranked top-15.

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