Evan Gordon was in Bloomington Friday night. The reason was to watch younger brother Eron play for the older brother’s namesake team — the Eric Gordon All-Stars — in the May Classic.
But conveniently enough, the middle Gordon is also a college basketball free agent, one who is pursuing the Hoosiers, and vice versa. Evan Gordon announced earlier this week that he would transfer from Arizona State with one season of eligibility remaining. Because Gordon graduated from ASU, he only has to enter a graduate program at IU, or any other school, in order to be eligible immediately.
“I’ve been in contact with the (IU) coaches recently,” Gordon said, “and been in contact with a couple other programs, but I know Indiana does offer a couple programs that Arizona State doesn’t.”
And since he’s already in town, Gordon plans to the most of the opportunity.
“Tomorrow I plan on meeting with Coach (Tom) Crean and Coach (Tim) Buckley and the present staff,” he said.
Gordon makes a lot of sense for Indiana, which has seen guards Remy Abell and Maurice Creek transfer since season’s end, and Victor Oladipo enter the NBA Draft.
“Yeah, they’ve lost some players,” Gordon said of the Hoosiers. “I think I would be able to come in and help out anywhere I play, but Indiana is definitely a good option for me.”
But the Hoosiers aren’t the only option for Gordon, who heard from Butler on Friday and is planning a visit there, just two minutes from his house, on Tuesday. He’s also been in touch with Purdue and heard from other programs as well, as you might expect for a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 10.1 points and started 25 games in the Pac-12 this past season.
Gordon wasn’t tipping his hand when he assessed the possibility of playing for the Bulldogs.
“I haven’t really done my research (on their roster),but I’ve seen them play this year, and I think Butler is also another good place to play,” Gordon said with a non-commital chuckle.
No matter where Gordon winds up playing, it’s a decision that should come sooner rather than later.
“Next week, or at the latest, the week after that,” he said.