Evan Gordon to visit IU, Butler


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.

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61 comments:

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Huh…? Who mentioned Butler yesterday?

    I shall never give away my sources.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Dustin-

    Once every week this summer you should have a ‘ScoopTalk Memory Lane’ segment.

    You really do need to bring back a theme song and get more inventive. Here’s my intro suggestion.

    How about ScoopTalks from various Bloomington landmarks…? ScoopTalk from Nick’s?

    ScoopTalk from various sororities or dorm floors where excited coed fans our holding pajama parties?

    These are only a few ideas..I encourage all the blogging Scoop family to offer suggestions to spice up ScoopTalk.

    Yup, I’m up..It’s late..I’m bored and lonely.

    Go Hoosiers!!

  • t says:

    Butler would be a good way for him to finish. He would get an excellent teacher, have fun at near home, be in an excellent program and it would allow him to maximize his potential whatever and wherever that goes.

    Indiana does not need transfers from other programs nor is it any better fit than what transferred from IU….let it go somewhere else.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    He will get the minutes RA and Mo left behind. But there are not a lot of options for IU to use the 1 year ride other than Gordon. As does t I think he fits well at Butler. He can flip a coin and win either way.

  • Stop the Victim Act says:

    While I would normally agree that we “don’t need transfers”, I think this is a unique situation.

    We’re short on guards, we have a spot open, it’s only for one year, he’s an Indiana kid, he’s got good experience and is not leaving because he was upset, and it will help build a relationship more with the Gordon family.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Tom Crean short on guards? Isn’t that like a brothel being short on hookers?

    Maybe Tom should put in a 3-way call to Kelvin and that assistant at Michigan for some tips on how to lure in a Gordon.

  • coachv says:

    interesting that the roster situation as viewed by remy prompts him to quit the team, whereas Gordon views the same roster as an opportunity. good riddance remy, hello evan!

  • Chico Rect(um) says:

    Yes, call Kelvin Sampson for how to lure in a Gordon. I’ll tell you right now his method is called the “Throw out the baby with the bathwater” method of luring recruits.

    In exchange for the buzz and hype of landing a 5 star recruit, you get a guy who makes a lot of free throws, banks in one game-tying against a mediocre Illinois team, hurts his wrist a lot, chokes in the playoffs, and narcs on his misunderstood pot-loving teammates as the ship sinks. The cost: setting the entire program and university back at least 4 years.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    And I guess you could blow “good riddance” out your cakehole to Mo Creek as well.

    Remy doesn’t have an older brother with triple his skill package to hold out as a carrot for PT.

    Remy’s PT was always under a short leash with Crean.

    Evan’s PT will have all the tension of a 50-mile hose leading from Crean’s office back to a North Central gymnasium.

  • coachv says:

    the difference is mo could not help the team as he is finished as a high level player. he should try to have one healthy season getting quality playing time at a small school. he deserves as much. remy is strong and athletic and as a player with 2 years experience in the system. the playing time is there for the taking but he quit because he didn’t believe he could beat out freshmen for pt. that is a quitter. he could have helped. now if crean told remy his future with the team is limited, that is different.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    As I said many times on here, there are some fans that will never let go of the Gordon/Sampson bond. And this same blogger spent months upon months always claiming that EJ only came to IU because of his admiration for Kelvin Sampson. And who are we attempting to kid now? Do we really believe a transfer with only one year of eligibility left on his rather lackluster college career is now coming to IU for a love affair with candy-stripes?

    As post #8 from Chico Frustrated Hemorrhoid Tom exemplifies, the hate for the name Eric Gordon will never end.

    Why would a recruit really want to come to IU if that sort of latent animosity toward his older brother exists in Bloomington?

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    “..if crean told remy his future with the team is limited, that is different.”

    Don’t 100% assume this Evan Gordon thing is less than a coincidence. We’ll never know Remy’s feelings and if believed his coach was dealing out his words with honesty.

    And if we’re going to call kids quilters, then maybe Remy desires to play with potential NBA talent not so risk-averse that they jump for the big $$$ of the NBA instead of playing for championships. If, as many have proclaimed on here, Remy has next to zero shot at ever playing at the next level, then he probably wants an experience where teammates embrace the goal of deep tournament runs over deep wallets.

    And I certainly don’t see Gordon’s “quitting” any different than a sophomore or junior merely getting to the Sweet 16 bailing for the NBA instead of doing all they can to bring home the 6th banner. These kids go when their stock is highest. Do you seriously believe Cody or Vic would have stayed any longer at IU if there was a first round elimination as opposed to the Sweet 16?

    The mission is to bring home a banner. If you leave for the bucks when your NBA stock is highest before putting your full heart and fully eligible time into that mission, then you’re no less the quitter.

  • Chico Rect(um) says:

    “there are some fans that will never let go of the Gordon/Sampson bond.”

    …and that fan is precisely Hardfart for Heebiejeebies. For him, IU basketball ended with the Gordon/Sampson era, and any coach and players that followed were doomed to his immediate and irrational scorn.

  • the daily devotional says:

    ^ Nope, that fan is Chico Frustrated Hemorrhoid Tom (CFHT). Or during the NFL season he is: Seahawk Husky Irate Tom.

  • Geoff says:

    One of my favorite typos… “Call kids quilters”

    Anyhoo… Here is the problem with your Remy theory Harvard: kids at Xavier, St Louis, and St Mary’s don’t treasure deep tourney runs anymore than kids at IU or anywhere else. They, for the most part, just aren’t good enough to play at the next level. It’s not like they stick around 4 years and then get drafted… They stick around 4 years and then go to Europe or back to Australia.

    There are a total of 2 players from those 3 schools in the NBA, and one of them went into the draft after his sophomore season (ironically a Hoosier transfer named Jordan Crawford).

    Quit pretending like Remy is more virtuous than his peers… He’s just a kid who wants to play more.

  • the daily devotional says:

    I sounded like fruity fruit in post #14. I should keep my big mouth shut more often.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Hey, PreparationHusky ..It’s not Harvard chasing down Jeff Meyer. It’s not Harvard still chasing villains and then chasing after a recruit that shares the name very symbolic of the small-minded hate a coach and so-called fans carry over a witch hunt that painted an entire team as defunct and corrupt.

    Eric Gordon is your monster. Tom Crean can’t stop chasing monsters while his “everything hinges” recruits chase dreams of stardom in the NBA no different than your choking, quitting, EJ, villain.

  • Chico Rect(um) says:

    Hey Hardfart, stop referring to yourself in the third person. That’s what muppets and cartoon characters do. You aren’t the wise, all-knowing deity that you imagine yourself to be on this blog. Get down from your throne and give us all a break!

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    And after watching Norris Cole and Jimmy Butler in the Heat vs. Bulls series, there is a pretty valid argument that staying in college can be worth the gained maturity and backbone.

    Oladipo is leaving college with what most would interpret as a game ready for the NBA. Outside of the banner experience, there’s probably not much to be gained by staying. Cody’s stock is probably higher than if he’d stay another year or two, but even if he drops to a late first round or early second round pick by staying, I think the benefits(in terms of the great experience in cutting down championship nets) and the possibilities of a longer term NBA career, outweigh the risks.

    And Cody had a ton of stronger talent that was going to be around him upon return than a returning EJ amidst a program in total shambles.

  • Rico Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Shut that fruity fruit mouth of yours Harvard! Go join the Fruit of the Month club, or make fruit cakes with Scoop Geoff.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    David West is not out of Xavier?

    Current salary = $10,000,000(2-year, 20 mil deal)

    Don’t the Pacers play tonight?

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    West attended and graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, he was a four-year starter on the basketball team. West was the first XU player to get his number retired while still playing for the Musketeers, during which he led Xavier to a top 10 national ranking and a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. West was named as a first-team All-American his senior year and the 2003 Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Year, averaging 20.1 ppg and 11.8 rpg as a senior while leading XU to its second straight 26–6 season. West led Xavier to 94 wins in his four seasons while finishing as Xavier’s all-time blocked shot leader (228 blocks) and second on XU’s all-time scoring (2,132 points) and rebounding (1,308 rebounds) lists. West was also named as the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year three years in a row. As a senior, he was selected as the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner, recognizing him as the nation’s top senior men’s basketball player.

    In October 2007, Sports Illustrated released Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book, which featured West on its NCAA All-Decade Team for the decade beginning in 2000. He was joined by Connecticut’s Emeka Okafor and three Duke players, Jay Williams, J. J. Redick and Shane Battier.(courtesy: Wikipedia)

    Then again, you’re the expert.

  • Geoff says:

    Harvard – it takes a lot to make this statement, but post #19 might be your most inane, out of touch comment yet… Because you were actually trying to make a non-fantastical point.

    Again, here’s the problem…

    Neither Norris Cole, nor Jimmy Butler, had the option to turn pro early. (I mean I guess they had the option, but neither would have been drafted)

    But that’s not the most out of touch part of your statement… You are trying to say that because 2 role players are performing admirably over a small sample size, that its a reason for college kids to stay through their senior year… Except that as I made abundantly clear about 2 weeks ago, 22 of the 25 NBA All-Stars this year were either drafted out of HS or as underclassmen. (1 was a foreign player, and 2 were seniors).

    How about this… After watching LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Melo, Kobe, Garnett, Pierce, Rondo, Howard, Paul, Durant, Harden, Curry, DWill, Ellis, Jennings, Randolph, Westbrook, Aldridge, Griffin, George, Deng, Johnson, Rose, Love, Gay, Wall, Iguadala, Holiday, Bynum, Chandler, etc, etc, etc… Dominate their NBA competition over the last few seasons I think an overwhelmingly valid argument can be made that sticking around for 4 years in college doesn’t give you a leg up at the pro level.

    Get a grip Harvard.

  • Geoff says:

    Yes, Harvard… West is the OTHER player besides Crawford from those 3 schools that is in the NBA. Congrats for figuring out the obvious. As I said, “There are a total of 2 players from those 3 schools…”

  • HoosierSpur says:

    Harvard is a pedantic blowhard in love with the sound of his own voice (words).

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