Q & A: 2016 North Central guard Eron Gordon

  • 04/16/2012 2:11 pm in

Indiana didn’t wait long to make a move on one of the state’s top class of 2016 prospects.

The Hoosiers have extended a scholarship offer to future North Central guard Eron Gordon (per Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star), the younger brother of former Indiana and current New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon.

Here’s a transcript of an interview with Gordon from over the weekend at the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis:

On playing for the Eric Gordon 2015 All-Stars:

“I like this team a lot. This our first tournament, and we beat one of the best teams in the country, so I’m pretty happy about that.”

On what positon he played during the school year:

“During the second half of the school year I played point guard. I still scored, but not as much.”

On his approach to the game:

“I just fill in wherever the team needs me.”

On what it’s like to play up a year in AAU:

“Yeah, I have always done it my whole life, so it’s just basically the same. Guys are just a little bit stronger and a little bit taller.”

On how playing up will help him long term:

“Yeah, it helps me in the long run, because most of the time I’m more athletic than my competition. Everyone usually gets caught up to, so as long as you can still play, you’re alright.

On the expectations of being Eric Gordon’s younger brother:

“I just don’t really pay too much mind to it. I just play and just play as hard as I can and hope that I can be better.”

On advice he’s received from Eric:

“Basically just play as hard as you can and just never give up in games, just keep on playing win or lose.”

On where his confidence comes from:

“Just playing with my brothers and basically just playing with older guys.”

On playing next season at North Central:

“Yeah I’m looking forward to it. I’ve already practiced with the team in open gym and stuff, and I know everybody cause they all went to the same middle school as me.”

School list: Gordon is also being recruited by Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

(Photo credit: The Herald-Times)

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  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    I would hope his recruitment isn’t much of a contest…

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    I would hope his recruitment isn’t much of a contest…

  • IUfan1984

    Glad IU has already offered.  This kid is going to be a stud

  • How is Eric’s relationship to the program?  I recall reading positive comments from DJ but off the top of my head I can’t remember hearing Eric being mentioned this year.

  • b_side

    Eron is getting the Damon Bailey/Cody/Trey treatment and rightfully so.  Didn’t Coach already chat him up “inside the hall” during Hoosier Hysteria last year or the year before?

  • He was at Hoosier Hysteria. Relationship is very solid.

  • He was at Hoosier Hysteria. Relationship is very solid.

  • Joe B

    Definitely talented. His shooting form looks like Eric’s, but just less lift off the floor which make it look alot more akward at this point.

  • MopLady

    YOU CRAY

  • plane1972

    Crean’s next little brother offer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CggHMr_sorg

  • plane1972

    Crean’s next little brother offer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CggHMr_sorg

  • HoosierTrav

    Im gonna guess before I click on the link……. Jalon Blackmon??? Lol.

  • fortwaynehoosier

    incredible body control for an 8th grader…i agree with 888, iu’s to lose

  • calbert40

    This is a must win recruitment.  I feel very confident that he will be wearing cream and crimson. 

  • Kevin

    Why is Purdue wasting their time recruiting him?

  • Kevin

    Why is Purdue wasting their time recruiting him?

  • HoosierTrav

    Right?? What an idiot! Trey Lyles, Jaquan Lyle, Cody Zeller, Jeremy hollowell, and a few more aren’t 4 year guys, sooooooo we don’t want them? Eric Gordon was a blast to watch for one year. Dumb fan!

  • calbert40

    Having Gordon for one season wouldn’t be a waste of time and money.  I don’t like one and done players either, but since he is a) a “legacy” recruit, and b) less than an hour away from campus, I think it would be bad for us to lose him as a recruit.

    Anyway, by then the one and done rule might be history.  There has been some talk of going to a 2 and done rule.  Since we shouldn’t assume what will happen in that regard, we should probably recruit him.

  • Geoff

    hard to believe thats even real.  I mean… I believe it, but it’s ridiculous.  How does he have the strength to shoot that far out with such good form… and step backs!  come on…

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Love him and hope he comes. All the more reason for EJ to sign with the pacers as a free agent!

  • IUFAN87

    these highlights are a must see I don’t know the level of competition this is but best clips I have ever saw from a middle school/ jr high student if he puts on 6 inch your looking at a Lebron James  if he puts on 3-5 your looking at a tallented guard 1 yr college if that…If he stays where he is will be his only down fall but comparing to his brother believe that isnt happening and to actually have a mentor like his brother you will probably see him grow a extra few inches then his brother 

  • MopLady

    YOU CRAY

  • MopLady

    YOU CRAY

  • N71

    He does have an interesting stroke.  I suppose if the percentages are high it doesn’t matter if he’s shooting on one leg or like Shurna for Northwestern.  If it goes it, it goes in.  He attacks the rim like this brother, very aggressive.  Eric was a bull dozer with his strength and could still shoot a high percentage after contact.  Eron looks like he’s from the same mold.  Impressive.

  • MopLady

    Who cares if he is a legacy recruit or less than an hour away?  Why are there “haters” for those that leave for the NBA early?  Are these same haters hating on those baseball/hockey/football/tennis/etc. players that leave school early as well?  We should be happy for those that are talented enough to leave early, realize their dreams, and become millionaires in the process.  I support players that come to IU, regardless of whether they stay for one year or four!  

    “Don’t hate the player–hate the game!!!”

  • DarkSouth

    Really like Eron’s attitude, just get the feeling that his confidence is absolute. 

  • 888

    I know one thing Illinois need not apply!! They got whinny Weber to thank for that.

  • Daburns0

    His game looks very similar to Eric’s when he was younger.  Probably like Fr/So year though (scary!).  I did think he had a Shurna-esque release from deep. lol.  I don’t mind One and dones, as long as they are going to class the whole year and representing the school well, I can’t blame them for doing that.  Where I have the problem, is when guys go to certain schools because they won’t have to do any school work and are only there to leap frog to the NBA.  A local guy like this (or Eric for that matter), does not bother me one bit.

  • Eric still cares about IU and if he and his brother are on good terms IU should be the clear favorite.  As Eric didn’t stay long at IU  there may be some incentive to beat his brother’s college statistics ( Total points, steals etc)  Anyway you look it IU will be feasting on a buffet of talented recruits over the next few years.

  • Daburns0

    My thought exactly.  I knew that’s who it was going to be.

  • 888

    This kid was dunking in 6th grade!!! He could very well be the next Lebron who knows but he is very speacil. That crossover is as good as Yogis and hes built like a linebacker.  Did you see him go to his right stop on a dime and then then take off like the Flash to his left? That defender about broke his ankle. Hell be one of the best players in Indiana next year!!

  • 888

    Anyone thinking we shouldnt recruit one and dones is ignorant. No we dont want to be UK but we should get them when we can. For crying outloud would you rather him play for UK and compete against us so the rest of the ill-informed population will think the kids from Kentucky and not Indiana. Use your brain. So you want to punish the kid and not let him come to IU because hes a great basketball player??? I would understand if he has poor grades or is a troublemaker but wow. That just plain DUMB!!

  • calbert40

    I’m on your side, MopLady.  I don’t have a dislike for a one and done player, but if you get too many of them, it can have a negative effect on the program.  That is my only concern in this regard. This hasn’t been a problem for us, so I have no issue with us occasionally recruiting possible one and done players. I trust CTC fully in his handling of these situations, and I wholeheartedly support his decision to offer Gordon this early.

    My comment about the proximity and legacy of Gordon is regarding the negative perception it could cause the program if we were NOT to sign him. I think we need him.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Eric Gordon and DJ White were in Bloomington working out this summer. Eric Gordon was also at Hoosier Hysteria and he was an announcer for one of IU’s exhibition games this year. And he featured an IU jersey in his Adidas commercial. I would say Gordon has maintained a strong relationship with Indiana and their current staff.

  • Bucky

    He does NOT want to be up here in Madison.  Winter lasts 14 months a year.  I have personally experienced -25 degree temps, and 18-inch blizzards.  In April, when the girls are out in Bloomington, we still have our snowthrowers gassed and ready. 

    As for Michigan and Michigan State:  the sun shines about 2 hours per winter up there.  It’s like living under a slab of concrete. 

    Go to Bloomington, Eron.  Have fun.  Be a great player.  Help us hang a banner.

  • Dakotap_14

    This is off this subject, But does anyone know about this JUCO player IU is trying to named jameel mckay?

  • jaywiz

    Why isn’t Illinois recruiting him? ha. ha.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    He will hopefully get more lift and higher extension on his shot as he gets older but you can already see the same type skills and B1G ready body developing in Eron that Eric had.  He really jumps effortlessly and that’s a very good thing to see in an 8th grader because they often times haven’t grown into their athleticism.  He’s probably going to be a complete stud and if IU can land him and Jalon Blackmon then the pipeline to Indiana talent will continue.

    Top State of Indiana Talent in:
    2011 – Cody Zeller, Austin Etherington
    2012 – Hanner, Yogi, Jeremy, Buss
    2013 – Hartman, Davis (who is going to be a monster), potentially more
    2014 – James Blackmon and Trey Lyles, potentially more
    2016 – Eron Gordon and Jalon Blackmon

    Makes you wonder who’s out there and who’s going to be IU targets in 2015?

  • Miamihoosier

    I hope we get him, but to be honest, 2016 is reeeally far away. Let the kid be a kid, I’ll catch up with him when he’s a junior to be….

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     CORRECTION . . . Vijay Blackmon – got the two mixed up!!!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     Although Jalen may be in the IU recruiting class for like 2020?  How old is he?

  • SCHoosier

    Long time off..kid is gonna be something even if he does have a really ugly outside shot. going to the bucket will be his ticket.

  • 888

    WOOOOOOW!!!!!!!! With Jalen being able to do this at 8 YEARS OLD he may end up being one of the greatest shooters of all-time. I seriuosly doubt Bird,Rayl,or Macy, or Alford was doing this at that age. UNBELEIVABLE!!!!! He has form that most 18 year olds would kill for. Thats Indiana for ya though. Is there any question where the true basketball capital of the world is? I think not.

  • Squinkert

    Actually in baseball you can go out of high school or have to commit two years in college.  In football you don’t have a choice and generally have to wait until after your sophomore year… See Clarett

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    weird looking release on that jump shot . 

  • Kelin Blab

     Jalen Coleman is big time from Cathedral 2015

  • dtfreed

    I know he’s a second grader but, he doesn’t pass, he should play 1 on 5. I guess there is an age of too young to play competitive bball.

  • dtfreed

    I know he’s a second grader but, he doesn’t pass, he should play 1 on 5. I guess there is an age of too young to play competitive bball.

  • Bucky

    Because they think he’s a lock for Kansas State.

  • Duckie

    That’s a dumb statement and I hate UK.  I don’t think the Gordon family is hurting financially.