The Indiana High School Athletic Association review committee heard the appeal for junior basketball standout Eron Gordon’s eligibility during a three-hour session at the IHSAA on Tuesday.
The review committee did not immediately issue a decision on whether or not to uphold IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox’s ruling that Gordon is ineligible for the upcoming season after transferring from North Central to Cathedral “for athletic reasons.”
Cox told the Star he expects a decision from the review committee on the Gordon case “in eight business days.”
One of three scenarios is likely to unfold:
• The review committee could back Cox’s decision and rule Gordon ineligible for 365 days from his last game at North Central;
• The review committee could grant “limited eligibility” and allow Gordon to participate on the junior varsity team;
• The review committee could grant full eligibility.
If the committee opts for one of the first two decisions, the Gordons could then take their case to the Department of Education’s nine-person case review panel. If there is an unfavorable decision at that level, the Gordons could choose to take it to court.
Though administrators from both schools recommended full eligibility for Gordon, Cox and the IHSAA further investigated the transfer and ruled him ineligible. Gordon’s father, Eric Gordon Sr., questioned the investigation process in a previous interview with the Star, saying the family wasn’t offered the chance to state its case prior to the IHSAA ruling.
Eron Gordon, the younger brother of NBA guard Eric Gordon and former Indiana guard Evan Gordon, is ranked as the No. 38 junior prospect in the country by Rivals.com and has offers from Indiana and Purdue.
According to numbers provided by the IHSAA, only 18 of the 4,254 transfers processed by the organization in 2013-14 were declared ineligible.
Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.