Eron Gordon, a 6-foot-2 2016 guard from Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral, visited Louisville unofficially Friday and has several more visits on tap in the coming weeks.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino is in Italy on vacation with his family, but Gordon visited with the rest of the staff and toured the School of Engineering, the practice facility and the outside of the KFC Yum! Center.
“We’ll go back at a later date once [Pitino] is there but we wanted to make sure we got to the campus,” Eric Gordon Sr., the player’s father, told SNY.tv by phone of his youngest son’s visit. “He wants to take some time and get his visits done.”
Eric Sr. said Eron also has visited planned to Duke (June 23), Michigan (June 29) and Kansas (TBD end of June). Eron will also visit Kentucky, Butler and Indiana at some point, Eric Sr. said. Until this point, he had only visited Purdue unofficially.
“We’re going to go visit Kentucky but my AAU coach is working with those guys on that and then Butler is a few minutes away so we’ll spend some time there,” Eric Sr. said. “And I’m sure at some point he’ll do something unofficial at Indiana. He just hasn’t. He’s been there as a fan watching his brothers play so he’s not had any kind of visit. So at some point I’m sure we’ll do that.”
Eric Gordon attended Indiana and now plays for the New Orleans Hornets, while Evan Gordon transferred to Indiana from Arizona State.
The Indy Star reported Eron Gordon has offers from Indiana, Purdue, Arizona State and Nebraska but Eric Sr. said he’s under the impression that all the schools involved would take Eron if he wanted to play for them.
“We haven’t talked about offers,” Eric Sr. said. “What I gather is if he said ‘I want to come to school here,’ he would have that opportunity but we haven’t talked about any offers. I’m just basically wanting him to get on campus and see schools. We’re not anywhere near making any kind of decision….We just want to make sure that we have options open so that when the time comes, he’s ready to go.”
Eric Sr. said any assumptions that Eron will automatically attend Indiana because of his brothers are false.
“That’s an assumption that isn’t necessarily correct,” he said. “At the time when the right time comes, we’ll have the schools narrowed down and we’ll know where he fits in well with what we’re looking for in a school.
“There’s no first, second, third, fourth or fifth. Louisville is as optimal a place for him as Indiana or any other school. I really liked, and he really liked, what he saw and we haven’t even had a chance to talk to Coach Pitino. I hate when those assumptions pop up because there’s no assumption right now at all. I think a lot of schools do assume, but I look at each one of my son’s individually. What Eric needed and what Evan needed may not be what Eron needs. I’m just looking at what fits in best for them.”
Eron recently transferred to Cathedral from North Central, and it remains unclear if he will be eligible, according to the Indy Star.
“He transferred schools to a smaller private school so that is the reason why we transferred schools so that he can focus more on himself and his academics and get ready for college, so that was the focus of transferring,” Eric Sr. said.
“We transferred schools for academic and social reasons so I let the schools do the transfers and let them handle what they’re supposed to do. And I’m not at this point concerned with any issue or anything.”
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