After months of rumors and speculation, we have confirmation from a source inside Indiana Basketball that 5-star guard Eric Gordon will attend Indiana University. Gordon, the #2 player in the class of 2007 has been committed to Illinois since November 28, 2005 but has apparently been wavering on that decision since Kelvin Sampson was hired to coach the Hoosiers in April.
Thanks to a former day job, we have a few sources inside Indiana Basketball, one of whom confirmed this story. We were hesitant to post it because apparently now you can get 18 months in jail for using an anonymous source (and in prison they’d pass guys like us around like currency) but we decided it was worth it.
“Eric has been looking at IU for a long time and originally thought the coaching situation was so messed up there that he ended up committing elsewhere. Once coach Sampson was on board he’s been really excited about the chance to be a Hoosier,” our source said.
Gordon had been on the IU campus numerous times since April and even brought in AAU teammate and good friend Derrick Rose with him the weekend of Sept. 2. Rose, another 5-star guard, is the #3 prospect in the class of 2007 and our source says Gordon is now committed to convincing his pal to join him in Bloomington (though recent reports have Rose sold on Memphis).
“Eric wants to be closer to home so his parents can come see him play every game, and he takes a lot of pride in Indiana Basketball. He wants to be a part of returning the Hoosiers to glory.”
He will reportedly sign his letter of intent during the early signing period, which begins on November 8.
Gordon attends North Central High school in Indianapolis, the same school as current Hoosier (and 2003 Indiana Mr. Basketball) A.J. Ratliff. Ratliff and other Hoosiers contacted would not confirm or deny the report we received.
Just to clue you in a bit, this is a solid source. He tipped us off to all the details of Mike Davis’ resignation two weeks before it went public and we feel confident reporting anything coming from him. That being said, we could not get confirmation of it, though if you pay attention to what people around college basketball are saying, this report would fit right in with that chatter.
Man, I bet this will really piss off the guys over at firecoachsampson.com.