Report: Gordon to bolt Indiana after one season
Indiana freshman guard Eric Gordon is leaving the Hoosiers for the NBA, according to a report from the Indianapolis Star.
The Big Ten's leading scorer and conference freshman of the year will become the fifth of Indiana's regular starters to leave the program, handing new coach Tom Crean a clean slate heading into his inaugural season with the Hoosiers.
Indiana is scheduled to issue a release Friday afternoon detailing when and where Gordon will make his formal announcement, the Star reported.
Gordon, who averaged 20.9 points, lived up to his billing as a top prospect in his initial 18 games but lost his shooting touch down the stretch, making only 18.6 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts (13-of-70) after Indiana's much-publicized Feb. 7 win against Illinois -- the school Gordon had initially committed to attending before choosing Indiana.
His final game in crimson and cream saw Gordon shoot just 3-of-15 from the field and 0-of-6 from the 3-point line in the Hoosiers' disappointing loss to Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Despite his late shooting troubles, however, Gordon will leave the school as the most prolific freshman scorer in IU history and the first Hoosiers freshman to average more than 20 points per game.
Gordon, who garnered a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, follows seniors D.J. White, Lance Stemler, and recently dismissed Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis out of the Assembly Hall doors.
There is still the possibility that Crean could bring back both Bassett and Ellis, however. The two were reprimanded by then-interim coach Dan Dakich after first missing a pre-arranged appointment last week, and then kicked off for not reporting for a 6 a.m. punishment run the following day.
According to Chad Ford's Big Board on ESPN.com, Gordon is ranked eighth among Ford's top 100 NBA draft prospects.
I personally don't want Gordon anywhere near the Pacers.