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Eron Gordon, youngest brother of New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon, goes up for a shot against Sam Szarowicz during the Spiece Run-n-Slam tournament at Spiece Fieldhouse on Friday.

Youngest Gordon aims to be best in family

– North Central guard Eron Gordon has learned a lot from talking to his brothers – New Orleans guard Eric Gordon and Arizona State guard Evan Gordon – about the basketball recruiting process.

And the sophomore-to-be has had plenty of chances to put those lessons to use.

The youngest Gordon is 6-foot-3 and plays in the 17-and-under division for AAU basketball, two years above his age bracket. He is also regarded as the best player in Indiana for the class of 2016 and has colleges and analysts fawning over his skills.

“He’s never going to get a night off,” said his AAU coach, Matt Green. “He’s always going to have someone tough to guard and somebody that’s tough to try and go up against.”

His family, particularly Eric and Evan, are a stabilizing force. And one of Eron Gordon’s first basketball recruiting memories is of his eldest brother decommitting from Illinois and then deciding on Indiana.

It drew plenty of criticism and served as a valuable lesson.

“They tell me a lot of stuff, like don’t fall into the games,” the North Central star said at the Spiece Run-n-Slam tournament Friday. “Make sure you go to the best school for you, and make sure you check the school out.”

Some of Eron Gordon’s suitors include Indiana, Purdue, Nebraska and Arizona State, which have already offered.

Michigan, Michigan State, Baylor, Ohio State and Louisville have all come calling, as well.

It isn’t just pedigree that has earned Eron Gordon interest from major programs. He’s athletically gifted and can get to the rim at will against soon-to-be high school seniors.

Green also sees a strong work ethic and desire to improve.

Eron Gordon doesn’t want to be like his brothers. He wants to be better.

That’s a big task, considering Eric Gordon was picked No. 7 in the 2009 NBA draft.

“Coming up, they’re all like, ‘Oh, you’re going to be just like your brother,’ ” Green said of the youngest Gordon. “His thing now is, ‘I want to be better than my brother. I want to go to North Central and break all his records. I want to go to college – wherever that is – and do better than what my brother did. I want to go to the NBA and be drafted sixth.’ ”

Eron Gordon has gotten used to the constant hype, too, which Green said is important. Egos won’t get in the way for a player who has a top-10 draft pick for an older brother.

The comparisons won’t, either. Eron Gordon has heard them for as long as he can remember.

“He’s been looked at in that view for so long,” Green said.

“He doesn’t have the pressure on him because since he’s been small people have been talking about how good he’s going to be. … It’s like second nature to him now.”

Green said as Eron Gordon continues to work on his game he will develop into a player with a “scary” level of ability.

Eron Gordon, to his credit, isn’t thinking in that big of a picture. He’s thinking of what he has to improve next.

“I’ve put up a lot of shots,” he said. “At first, it didn’t go in very much, but I knew it’s just all repetition. It’s starting to go in more now.

“I still have to work on my free throws.”

smorrison@jg.net

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