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    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.

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    I personally don't want Gordon anywhere near the Pacers.
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    I personally don't want Gordon anywhere near the Pacers.
    Why is this? Do you think he'll be a bust? I personally thought it would be wise for him to work with Crean for a year. He knows how to feature talent like Gordon's within the framework of the team (how he did with D-Wade). But, it is what it is now. We'll see how he does.

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    can't say i'm surprised in the slightest. i think most everyone knew gordon was a one and done.
    he probably wouldn't have even gone to college for a even a year if it hadn't have been for the rule put in place. and yes it would definitely help for him to stick around at least one more year but that means nothing anymore. teams take players for their upside or potential to be good. how ready they really are is of little to no consequence.
    i really think he is gonna struggle. he is going to be going up against guys of pretty similar quickness but they will be taller and better defenders than he has faced and he will find out that the stuff he tried in high school and his one year of college (with a pretty weak schedule) doesn't work nearly as often in the pros.

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    I would love for The Pacers to draft Gordan at the 12th Pick. He would thrive in JOB's system. He takes the ball to rack and finishes; The Pacers need that.

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    Gordon's going to lead the league in TOs if he plays regular minutes.

    I don't want him on the Pacers, not that I think he'd be on the board anyway.

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    Gordon's going to lead the league in TOs if he plays regular minutes.

    I don't want him on the Pacers, not that I think he'd be on the board anyway.
    Gordan does take and extra step when he drives the ball everytime, but the NBA does not worry about that. He will also not be the focal point of his offense. (I HOPE). IF he is on the board when we draft 10th-12th you would not take him?

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    Why is this? Do you think he'll be a bust? I personally thought it would be wise for him to work with Crean for a year.

    Yes to all of the above.

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    A/o today, here are the top-5 NBA guys in turnovers per game:

    1. Wade
    2. Nash
    3. Kidd
    4. Williams
    5. James

    Not many scrubs on that list are there. Draw your own conclusions.
    Last edited by Rajah Brown; 04-04-2008 at 05:24 PM.

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    I think that most people will be surprised by his slide on draft day, unless he performs really well in tryouts.

    College players and college fans never quite get the idea that undersized 2-guards will never ever be in short supply.

    For every Allen Iverson or Gilbert Arenas there are about a dozen Eddie House/Luther Head/Juan Dixon types and about two dozen guys you never remember because they didn't stick. I realize EJ is stronger and leaps better than that House/Head/Dixon trio (though may be slower too).

    I know EJ is listed in some places at 6'3" and even has been mentioned at 6'4" and if that turns out to be legit, it might help him. Otherwise he is a 6'2" shooting guard who scored at will on college kids, at times, like Eddie House did (61 points in a game).

    He needed to pick a school where he would be a PG and stay there until he could handle it.

    But if he gets a guaranteed 3-year payday, good for him (and his Dad, who seems to call the shots for his mealticket).

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    IF he is on the board when we draft 10th-12th you would not take him?
    I would, you have to. Too much potential not to. If his shot selection, ball handling, and passing don't improve a lot though I wouldn't be happy about it.

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    tdubb-

    I can take or leave EJ. But can you recall any 19 yr old who's
    shot selection, ball handling and passing didn't improve to an
    appreciable degree as their career evolved ?

    In EJ's case, it may not improve enough to ever allow him to
    reach his potential. But he'll be getting markedly better coaching
    from the day he sets foot on an NBA practice court. That alone
    should make a big difference.

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    Gordon was a bust as a Hoosier.. But I still think in about 2 or 3 years he will be a pretty solid pro player.. But still don't want him on the Pacers.. A ball hog who can't tell when he's cold.. He just shoots and shoots and shoots.. He also turns it over way too much..That's what killed the Hoosiers.

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    A/o today, here are the top-5 NBA guys in turnovers per game:

    1. Wade
    2. Nash
    3. Kidd
    4. Williams
    5. James

    Not many scrubs on that list are there. Draw your own conclusions.
    That's because those guys always have the ball.. Which means they have a higher chance to commit turnovers.. Gordon will NEVER be in a category of these guys.

    I see Gordon like a Deshawn Stevenson (SPL?)..Which is a major BUST compared to what everyone is putting him as.. But I think he will be a solid bench player on a good team..

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    It will be interesting to see how a 6'2" shooting guard fairs in the NBA. Let's just say there are not many of them...and I expect him to slide down the chart.

    He will not have the strength and quickness advantages that he does today. He will not power through most NBA centers. He will have great difficulty guarding taller and stronger players night in and night out.

    He was a bust his last college game and I expect much the same at the next level. BTW, Eddie House is a much, much better shooter.

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    I'm just glad Isiah's not running the Knicks any more - Gordon is exactly the kind of player he'd take.
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    Thanks man. I'd have never figured out that guys who have the
    ball alot tend to commit alot of turnovers if you hadn't passed
    it along. Especially since THAT WAS MY POINT !

    As for EJ being a bust at IU. Maybe so, if you consider a kid who
    was the difference between them winning 25 games and 18-20
    a bust.

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    Thanks man. I'd have never figured out that guys who have the
    ball alot tend to commit alot of turnovers if you hadn't passed
    it along. Especially since THAT WAS MY POINT !

    As for EJ being a bust at IU. Maybe so, if you consider a kid who
    was the difference between them winning 25 games and 18-20
    a bust.
    No, EG (Ya, it's Eric GORDON, not Jordon) is not the reason they won more games.. I would take DJ White, Ellis, Basset, Stemler, Crawford all before Gordon. I wish Illinois would have gotten him.. I'm positive you either didn't watch the Hoosiers play or don't like the Hoosiers, otherwise you would have noticed how much he hurt them.. I would yell "PASS THE BALL" in most of the games.. He had a horrific streak of not making anything, yet he still threw up deep prayers like he was the best shooter ever.. He was a joke.. He's got potential if he becomes a smart player for the pros.. Which is why I think he will turn out ok.. But not like everyone is saying.

    EDIT: You could make a case it was his wrist, but I'm willing to bet it was just his true colors coming out..
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    No, EG (Ya, it's Eric GORDON, not Jordon) is not the reason they won more games.. I would take DJ White, Ellis, Basset, Stemler, Crawford all before Gordon. I wish Illinois would have gotten him.. I'm positive you either didn't watch the Hoosiers play or don't like the Hoosiers, otherwise you would have noticed how much he hurt them.. I would yell "PASS THE BALL" in most of the games.. He had a horrific streak of not making anything, yet he still threw up deep prayers like he was the best shooter ever.. He was a joke.. He's got potential if he becomes a smart player for the pros.. Which is why I think he will turn out ok.. But not like everyone is saying.

    EDIT: You could make a case it was his wrist, but I'm willing to bet it was just his true colors coming out..
    When ppl say EJ its not relating him to Jordan. I stopped reading after you said that BTW
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    What a dummy.

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    When ppl say EJ its not relating him to Jordan. I stopped reading after you said that BTW
    I said Jordon because that's what it would be with a J instead of a G.. Michael spelled his name with an A not an O.. Bron/Kobe are the only ones worth even talking about being the same as MJ.. I'm just saying, it's EG, don't throw in a random J in there..

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    I said Jordon because that's what it would be with a J instead of a G.. Micheal spelled his name with an A not an O.. Bron/Kobe are the only ones worth even talking about being the same as MJ.. I'm just saying, it's EG, don't throw in a random J in there..
    EJ is not a play on MJ at all.

    And thats how I know you know nothing about the kid and probably haven;t seen him play more than twice.
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    EJ is not a play on MJ at all.

    And thats how I know you know nothing about the kid and probably haven;t seen him play more than twice.
    Lol, ok, put the weed away and stop hanging out with Harrison.. I JUST SAID THAT IT HAS NOTHIN TO DO WITH JORDAN.. WOW

    And I only missed two Hoosier games all year.. Thanks for playing.

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    He goes by 'EJ'. Everyone calls him EJ. His family calls him EJ. It
    stands for Eric Jr. Do you get it now ?

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    Ownagedood-

    He goes by 'EJ'. Everyone calls him EJ. His family calls him EJ. It
    stands for Eric Jr. Do you get it now ?
    Hey, your back! Ya, his family calls him EJ, but I don't know of anyone else on the outside that did it.. All of my buddies use EG or Gordon.

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    In 5 years, no one will know what EJ stands for...lol

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