2013-2014 Player Profile: Evan Gordon

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we look at graduate senior Evan Gordon.

The decision of Remy Abell to transfer last spring opened a spot on Indiana’s roster and rather than letting it sit empty or award the scholarship to a walk-on, the Hoosiers quickly moved into the mix and landed Evan Gordon, a graduate transfer from Arizona State.

The younger brother of former Indiana star Eric Gordon and older brother of class of 2016 target Eron Gordon, Evan arrives at the third school of his collegiate career. He explained both of his decisions to transfer (Liberty to Arizona State and Arizona State to Indiana) to reporters at media day last month.

“The reason I left Liberty was to look for a bigger program and I found that in Arizona State,” Gordon said. “I was hoping it was here (when he transferred from Liberty). And to leave there, it was just being away from home five or six years. This is my sixth year away from home, but now that I’m back here, it adds a different element to it.”

A double digit scorer in each of his three seasons of experience, Gordon brings a solid combination of shooting, ball handling and defense to the Hoosiers. He’s been in the mid 30’s percentage wise from behind the 3-point line throughout his career, but the strong suit of his offensive game might be in the midrange.

With only one true scholarship point guard on the roster, Gordon also figures to get a chance to handle the ball whenever Yogi Ferrell needs a break. Standing at just 6-foot, a backcourt of Ferrell and Gordon could run into some of the same problems the Hoosiers ran into last year with Ferrell and Jordan Hulls, but it’s a combination that IU will have to live with at times.

Beyond the statistical impact Gordon could bring, perhaps the most important part of what he brings is valuable experience and leadership to a roster that is stacked with underclassmen. With three seasons of experience plus a season in which he sat out at Arizona State, Gordon will be a player that teammates look to for guidance, a role he is ready to embrace.

“A lot of the guys look up to me,” Gordon said at media day. “They look for advice. I think with me having been through it, I can definitely help out in different areas when they need help and just being able to push (them).”

Bottom Line: A fundamentally sound guard who understands the game, Gordon is a valuable addition and an upgrade over what Indiana lost when Abell opted to transfer to Xavier. It was a bit of a perfect storm that the Hoosiers were able to land him as he only takes a scholarship for one season and brings leadership to a program that lost several leaders like Hulls, Christian Watford, Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo.

Quotable: “He’s got to come in here and he’s got to see his game go to another level. He’s got to see his game rise on both sides of the court — offensively and defensively — and see that leadership rise. He’s got to get out of whatever comfort zone has been acceptable for him — because he works hard, now — and step above and beyond that. He’s got to bring a pitbull, junkyard dog mentality daily. He’s got to take people with him. And that’s one of the biggest things that will show: is he going to have that kind of year? Here’s a guy that’s a great young man. He works hard, comes from a great family, spends a lot of time at the game. But he can do more.” – Crean on Gordon at his IU auditorium speech.

Previously: Austin Etherington, Jeremy HollowellHanner Mosquera-PereaPeter Jurkin, Yogi FerrellLuke Fischer, Noah VonlehDevin Davis, Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams, Collin Hartman

  • Steve Fischer

    Another big question mark. He had a few super games at ASU will he play like that .. or even better? Just another reason I believe we will have a most interesting season. What I hope for most is .. NO INJURIES for our young team- let them all develop together. As for Evan – a breakout year could mean an NBA future.

  • Hoosier heritage

    No NBA career in the making for this guy, but he could be very helpful for our young Hoosiers developing. If Yogi ever gets into foul trouble, this is when we are going to be thankful Gordon is around. Never want to see injuries and definitely agree it is going to be a bit of a roller coaster year.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Evan is 6’0″ so if he has an NBA future, he’s going to have to be an elite point guard and I don’t see him having the skills to do that or IU asking him to become that.

    That being said, I think he is going to be very important to this squad. He was ASU’s second best perimeter defender last season. He had a very solid mid-range game and was capable of producing some explosive games. I think he will be a very steady force in the guard rotation and in a season where there is a whole lot of inexperience, his consistency is going to be a very welcome addition.

  • Nathan

    I’ve been looking forward to this player profile! Thanks, Alex.

  • sarge

    I was really excited to hear that we picked this guy up… He is gonna bring whatever we are lacking at both guard positions. This demonstrates just how much ctc and the staff are working constantly to make sure we remain a top tier program.

  • Nigel

    Come on, let’s get a picture of this guy in in Indiana gear! :)

  • HoosierPat

    It’s great to see a second Gordon in the Cream and Crimson. Hopefully we can go 3/3 when it comes time for Eron to make his decision.

    Beside that, I’m excited to see the impact Evan will have on the court this year. Remy was talented, but so inconsistent. We need Evan to bring leadership and consistency on both ends of the court.

  • hoosierpapa

    Yeah that having two 6′
    guards on the floor at the same time is a deal breaker UofL fought it all the way to the NC

  • HoosierTrav

    I think we are going to see great things from him. He’s stepping into a situation where player development is at a whole other level from what he’s used to. I guarantee you he about s**t himself when he went through the first workout with Coach JeNey Jackson. I’m sure the level of intensity at practice caused a few bowel movements as well.

  • Tucson Hoosier

    Every time ITH posts a player profile, someone always says how much this person is going to surprise everyone and how this person is under the radar. Blah Blah Blah…… Well, I think Gordon is going to surprise everyone and he is flying under the radar. Blah Blah Blah.

    He is exactly what we need… an experienced combo guard that can help lead this young team. Loved me some Remy, but I think we got a good deal.
    His expiring scholly will open up more playing time for Rob Johnson or another recruit while leading the young team and tutoring Johnson. Bam.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Tutoring who? You lost me on the last part.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    There will be a coming out party for Gordon and I anticipate at some point he will have a huge game he hangs his hat on. Hopefully though his consistency and reliable contribution is what he will be remembered for after his career is over at IU. Not just one night where he caught fire.

  • Tucson Hoosier

    Yikes. Johnson and Evan wont be there together. I will edit that part. Thanks.

  • IUMIKE1

    With as young as this team is at just about all positions I think his D is going to have him seeing the court as much as anything. Becoming a really good player on offense almost always takes less time than becoming a really good player defensively. With the lack of experience on this team I think Crean will place a premium on good D when it comes to handing out minutes.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    We’re always expecting great things of incoming recruits, often based on their “ranking”. I think a lot of fans are sleeping on Evan. While he may not have been an “elite” recruit coming out of high school, he has something that may prove much more valuable: experience. That, coupled with obvious physical maturity and mental maturity, leads me to believe he will contribute right from the get-go.

  • SCHoosier

    Given the youth of this year’s team.the value of Evan’s experience…floor game and b-ball IQ can not be overstated.Playing as fast at TC’s likes..things are bound to be a bit helter-skelter at times with the rookies. Gordon should be the traffic cop for those times..getting everybody settled down..and an experienced hand at point to give Yogi a break.

  • MillaRed

    After watching last years team light it up on a regular basis, watching this team try to score might be excruciating. Evan will help in this category. Two 6 footers etc etc. We had them last year and were pretty fun to watch.

    Getting this kid was a steal. I consider us very fortunate.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    My prediction – Evan starts the beginning of the season. He will have 4-6 games with 20+ points and he will have 4-6 games scoring 6 or less points. Regardless – a great 1 year pick up

  • OhioHoosier

    Random. But a lot of ppl are starting to doubt us more and more and I hope the guys come together and just tell everyone to shove it this year.

  • G-Rob

    I feel alot better with Evan on the floor at the same time as Yogi due to his athlethic ability. Jordy was closer to 5-10 where Evan is a true 6 footer, Jordy was one of IU’s greatest shooters of all time but his lack of athlethic ability hurt us in every game against top talent. Jordy had a ton of heart and left everything on the floor but he just wasnt giving enough ability to keep up with big time guards. Evan’s defense and ability to break down a defense when nothing else is happing on offense will help alot.

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