That’s A Wrap: Evan Gordon

  • 04/09/2014 9:24 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Evan Gordon.

Gordon (32 games): 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 40 FG%, 81.0 FT% in 20.4 minutes per game.

When Evan Gordon announced that he was coming home to play his final season at Indiana last spring, he noted several reasons for his decision to leave Arizona State. Proximity to family and the masters of sports administration program in Bloomington were among the reasons he listed, but ultimately, the chance to fill a lifelong dream seemed to be the biggest of all.

“Being from Indiana, going to IU is probably the second greatest accomplishment besides playing in the NBA,” Gordon told Inside the Hall on May 15.

As the younger brother of a former IU player, Eric, Gordon had a chance to watch the program up close during the 2007-2008 season, a year in which the Hoosiers were nationally ranked and near the top of the Big Ten standings.

“At the end of the day, they are one of the biggest and best programs in the country,” Gordon explained. “It doesn’t get much of a bigger stage than IU.”

Gordon arrived in Bloomington with the expectation that he would contribute minutes as a combo guard and also bring leadership as the oldest player in the program. He made just three starts, but averaged 20.4 minutes per game, which ranked fifth on the team.

And as you might expect out of a senior, he had some of his best performances against ranked opponents at home.

On Jan. 14 against Wisconsin, he scored eight points and added six assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes. On Feb. 2 against Michigan, he again scored eight points and his willingness to attack the basket in key times against the Wolverines helped propel the Hoosiers to victory. And in IU’s final two wins of the season (Iowa and Ohio State), Gordon scored a total of 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 shooting from the foul line.

It was definitely a change in roles for Gordon, who played the lowest minutes total of his career, but made the best of a situation that had to be tough considering the school he left, Arizona State, reached the NCAA tournament, an experience Gordon never had as a player.

Bottom line: Gordon played at three different schools (Liberty, Arizona State and Indiana) and as a player who was lightly recruited out of high school, had a very productive career with 1,363 points. Ultimately, his decision to play closer to home for his final season wasn’t all about basketball as it allowed his family to watch him up close and also to earn a masters degree that he plans to put to good use.

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  • Alford Bailey

    NCAA does not care about academics. I’m sure Emmert was more concerned with the fact that Uconn will not sell as many NC t-shirts as UK would have than whether or not any of those kids are graduating. $$$$

  • Hoosier Hall

    It might have been nice to use that excuse… like, you’re lucky they’re holding me back!! Just kidding.

  • Rie

    The NCAA does not promote kids only going to college for one year; that is an NBA requirement .

    I agree that there are problems with college athletics and the NCAA, but I am not sure how we can just take that generalization and use it to say that the NCAA is wrong in their decision with regards to UConn and their academics.

  • ForeverIU

    LOL.

  • Outoftheloop

    Evan is a very high quality young man! We keep forgetting how HARD these kids work at basketball, academics, strength and conditioning, etc. Thanks Evan for all of your hard work for Indiana! You will always be a Hoosier!

  • Outoftheloop

    What, you think that Emmert will have any problem that a kid with questionable academics, from a school with questionable academics, calls out the NCAA for actually having some academic standards? That is a soft lob in batting practice! Napier’s comments just reinforce the idea that U Conn’s men’s basketball student athletes are strong on basketball and weak on academics.

  • Outoftheloop

    The NCAA does care about academics, just not enough!

  • Outoftheloop

    Actually players can transfer out of penalized “programs” if they are affected by the penalty and not in the offending group of student-athletes who caused the penalty.

  • Outoftheloop

    Now that would be awesome!

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes, but Ryan can’t play until 2015-16 and he must rehab from surgery, and he will only have 1 year to play at IU. I prefer Tevor Thompson!

  • Outoftheloop

    I would love this kid, but IU is late to the party.

  • JetpackJunky

    Party has barely started. He’s only had an official visit to Nebraska and reported interest in him so far is Nebraska, Us, and UMass. Maybe that’ll heat up or there is more behind the scenes but still, he’s fresh on the scene.

  • Outoftheloop

    Not what the article in ITH said: official visit Nebraska; unofficial visit Oklahoma; interest: FL, SMU, UNLV, TCU, GA, Fresno St, IU, U Mass (in that order!)! We are late but not out of it!

  • JetpackJunky

    I guess if you think that website listed them in the order that they contacted him? We have no idea when anyone else started looking at him so it’s really hard to say that we’re late. Only one official visit in is not that late.

    But, I know you always prefer to think the worst of everything with Indiana ball so… I won’t stop you.