Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Wednesday, November 14

Another Sign Gordon is One and Done

For those of you living in fantasy land and believing that IU freshman guard Eric Gordon will return next year, we offer this bit of enlightenment.

While announcing this year’s recruiting class, coach Kelvin Sampson mentioned how well the four new players would blend in with returning players. Here’s what he said:

“When you look at the kids we will have returning – DeAndre Thomas, Eli Holman, Brandon McGee, Jordan Crawford, Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis – and when you add this class to them, we think we have a chance to remain a contender to play at the top of this league and play for a Big Ten championship. That is our goal.”

Yes, Sampson might have forgotten to mention Gordon. In truth, nobody forgets a guy who has a college debut of 33 points plus defensive dominance in an impressive display Monday night against Chattanooga.

Barring an injury or unexpected glitch, Gordon is one and done. He'll enter the NBA draft in the spring. But given the talent Sampson has on campus and the fact a top-15 class is coming, given the fact Gordon just might lead the Hoosiers to a spectacular March, well, that’s a trade-off a lot of people can live with.

So enjoy Gordon while he's here. It won't be for long.