Sunday, October 15, 2006

HOOSIER NATION REJOICES

It's been a long time since fans of Indiana University basketball had much to celebrate. With the exception of a remarkable blip that was their run to the NCAA championship game in 2002, the Hoosier hadn't been to a Final Four since my senior year in high school, hadn't won a title since I was early in my junior high years.

The apparent verbal commitment from North Central High School senior Eric Gordon is a step in the right direction. Since the dismissal of Bob Knight in 2000, IU has gotten killed when it came to in-state recruiting. Player after player after player who could have truly helped the Hoosiers fled the state rather than play under the previous coaching staff. The same would have been true of Gordon if not for the hiring of Kelvin Sampson.

North Central coach Doug Mitchell has called Gordon a 6'4 version of LeBron James--he once coached the NBA superstar in a high school all-star game. Heck, if IU were getting a stronger and more offensive-minded Greg Graham, it'd be a step in the right direction. For whatever impact Gorden has on the court, however, his mere presence will make waves in recruiting circles. Already, there's strong talk that the top point guard nationally in the senior class could be winding up in Bloomington; he and Gordon are teammates in the summertime.

To get a slight perspective of Gordon's athleticism, check out this...the single greatest defensive play I've ever seen a high school player make.

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