23 - Eric Gordon

6-3, 222 Shooting Guard
Indiana Freshman
12/25/88 (31.9 yrs)
Indianapolis, IN
High School
North Central
Team Site Profile
2007 Statistics
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
97 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Mitch Richmond

Borko Popic – 4/28/2008

Strengths: A rock-solid and incredibly explosive combo guard Tremendously aggressive, and relentless when going to the hoop Constantly looks to attack and use his body to out-muscle weaker defenders at his position Is not afraid of going at bigger help defenders and drawing contact Great leaping ability and outstanding body-control allow him to finish effectively around the hoop An assassin off the dribble, where a quick first step and combination of hesitation moves allow him get by people at will His remarkable speed and change of pace are best seen in the open court as he can be a 1-man fastbreak going around defenders with ease Possesses an extra gear that he displays at times, especially when turning the corner in the halfcourt Possesses a smooth jumpshot, which he is able to hit well beyond the NBA 3 He has a very quick and smooth release, great elevation as well as nice arc on his shot Has shown the ability to play with his back to the basket from the midpost, where he is able to utilize his terrific body strength and finishing ability to abuse smaller players Defensively, he has the potential to be great simply because of his physical tools (good length, nice lateral foot-speed and strength), combine that with his desire and decent understanding of team concepts, and he is already well ahead of the curve

Weaknesses: After a great start to his freshmen year, his game took a considerable nosedive coming down the stretch (the effects of the coaching change and his wrist injury have to be taken into consideration) His overall game made a radical change for the negative making him a very tough player to evaluate. Is he closer to the player who dominated in high school and the first month of the college season, or the one that played so poorly late in the year … He has been a streaky shooter throughout the year, but in the last 10 games he became astoundingly inconsistent shooting 52/143 from the field for a measly 36%, as well as 10/62 from 3pt range for a staggering 16% during that time … He fell in love with the 3pt shot, and at times completely abandoned his aggressive penetrating mentality He shot a ton of ill-advised shots early in the shot clock and needlessly way beyond the 3 point stripe Is seen as a combo guard more so because of his height He does not create much for his teammates, and showed poor decision making as well as limited passing skills Gets out of control frequently, compiling numerous turnovers by traveling or getting called for offensive fouls An aspect of the game that he also lacks is the ability to pull up from midrange; when he does shoot of the dribble he is often off-balance and his shooting form becomes inconsistent resulting in many badly missed shots His midrange game may be key for his success at the next level, because even with his athleticism, he struggled to finish in traffic during his season ending slump This can probably be attributed to the lack of height, because at 64 he is very undersized for the SG position Being able to pull up before the help arrives will not only make him more dangerous, but will prolong his career because of a decrease in punishment his body will take

Notes: Showed great maturity and composure throughout the season, initially because of the hassle he received for backing out of his commitment to Illinois, then during the turmoil and scrutiny the program faced because of the allegations and the coaching change

Aran Smith – 1/23/2006

Strengths: Tremendous leaper with great outside shooting ability Really excels at taking the ball inside and drawing contact Makes spectacular dunks on a regular basis Excellent scorer with good mental toughness Shows great body strength at a young age Terrific body balance Quick feet and an explosive first step Has a good feel for the game Shoots well off the dribble with a developing mid range game Outside shooting stands out Shows excellent desire and intensity defensively, good at anticipating steals Good competitor Athletic ability helps to overcome his size disadvantage for the NBA Solid rebounder

Weaknesses: A little small for the 2-guard position at 6-4, but his freakish athleticism makes up for it Lacks great vision, passing ability Can become too enamored with the 3 point shot His in between game is under utilized because he’s so effective from the outside and taking the ball to the basket Needs to concentrate on becoming a better passer Lack of length may make creating shots difficult Should look to get more height on his jump shot Must work on becoming more under control driving to the basket

Notes: Has played on the same AAU team (Spiece Indy Heat) with star center prospect Greg Oden.

YouTube Clip – 5/21/2008