INDIANAPOLIS — Eron Gordon became something of a recognized name in the state of Indiana some time ago when he burst on the scene as one of the nation’s top eighth graders. He is, of course, the younger brother of former Indiana standout and current New Orleans Pelican guard Eric Gordon, and Eron has been on the radar of in-state schools for a couple of years now.
But as Gordon continues to develop, he’s garnered interest from far outside Indiana. The Class of 2016 guard is still probably at least two years away from a decision, and he figures to stockpile schools in a hurry if the interest continues to come the way it has recently.
Gordon already owns offers from Indiana and Purdue, but he said he’s heard from UCLA, Baylor, Ohio State and Gonzaga in the last two months.
“By the time I’m a junior or senior, I’m gonna start narrow it down, but for right now, I’m just going out there worried about playing and getting better,” Gordon said at this week’s adidas Invitational at North Central High School.
Indiana has recruited Gordon the longest, and for good reason. The school has a history with the Gordon family, and that could be a positive factor for the Hoosiers when it comes time for the youngest of the three Gordon brothers to make his college decision. Evan Gordon will use his final year of college eligibility at Indiana this coming season.
“That’s gonna make a difference,” Eron Gordon said. “It’s not really gonna push me onto Indiana, but what it’s gonna do is it’s gonna give me a greater look inside Indiana. I feel like I’ll be a little bit more behind the scenes. I can talk to my brother [Evan] whenever about what’s going on.”
Gordon was a standout in his freshman season at North Central, but he was a bit of a volume shooter at times and didn’t always make a high percentage of his shots (just 34.6 percent on 3-pointers). He’s worked hard since the end of the high school season to refine his shot form and try to grow more consistent, and he’s make strides in doing so.
His family’s name has been in the news in recent days because of his brother Evan’s transfer from Arizona State and impending college decision, but Eron Gordon is a rising prospect eager to make his own name for himself.
Gordon, a 2016 guard from North Central High School in Indianapolis, is quickly gaining interest from a number of major college programs and continues to develop the jump shot that was often inconsistent during his freshman campaign.
Gordon said at last week’s Spiece Run-N-Slam tournament in Fort Wayne that he had heard from Baylor, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Louisville since the end of his high school season and expects a few from that group to offer a scholarship in the near future.
Gordon already has offers from Indiana and Purdue.
“It’s pretty special,” Gordon said. “A lot of colleges are getting interested in me. I feel like it’s going in a good direction.”
Gordon, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 19.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for North Central last season. He shot just 34.6 percent (46-of-133) from 3-point range and and 68 percent (70-of-103) from the free throw line, but he has tinkered with his form lately and has seen positive results.
“At first, it didn’t go in very much,” Gordon said. “But I knew it was just all repetition. It’s starting to go in a little bit more now. I feel like it’s gotten a lot better. I’m keeping my elbow in more and getting a lot more lift on my shot. I put up a lot of shots. We have days where we shoot a certain amount and I just have to make a certain percentage.”
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.