Eric Gordon at FIBA World Championship is Making Hoosiers Proud by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

North Central High School and Indiana University product, Eric Gordon is representing not just the red, white, and blue in the 2010 FIBA World Championships, but the state of Indiana, as well.

I have a special admiration for Gordon because I played high school basketball, and Eric Gordon was actually in my class (or better yet, I was in his).  He never showboated, talked trash, or argued with the officials.  His jump shot was, and still is effortlessly gorgeous, but his game has just gotten more explosive.

During Gordon’s one year tenure at IU, he is the only freshman to average over 20 points a game for a season, and he did so with virtually a broken wrist.  With that nagging wrist, he only managed to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was selected as an unanimous first team All-Big Ten player.

Take a look at these numbers.  When Gordon plays extensively, in this case over 20 minutes, his scoring rate is astounding.  In those four games, he is a combined 22-32, 68.8%, from the field, 14-21, 66%, from behind the arc, and averaging 15.5 points per game.