When Eron Gordon took an official visit to Seton Hall in October, his father was convinced it was the right place for his youngest son.
It took Eron a bit more time to convince than Eric Gordon Sr. But on Monday, the 6-2 Cathedral High School basketball standout made it official and committed to Seton Hall.
“I really felt like they had a huge interest in me as a player and a person,” Gordon said of Seton Hall, adding that the entire staff watched him at one point or another last fall.
Seton Hall finished 25-9 last season and won the Big East Conference tournament, making the program’s first NCAA tourney appearance in a decade under sixth-year coach Kevin Willard. Gordon said he plays to wear No. 10 for the Pirates, which hasn’t been worn since current Seton Hall assistant Shaheen Holloway wore it from 1996-2000.
Gordon, ranked No. 134 in the 2016 class nationally by Rivals.com, said he was also considering Maryland, Missouri and Texas Tech. Seton Hall was the most consistent school recruiting him since last fall.
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“I told Eron back in the fall (on the official visit), ‘Dude, I love this place,’” Eric Gordon Sr. said. “‘This is the place you need to be.’ He said, ‘Let’s wait until the season is over and then make the choice.’ I told him, ‘OK, but I don’t see any place that could do better for you.’”
Ultimately, Eron agreed. The younger brother of 2007 IndyStar Mr. Basketball Eric Gordon Jr., now with the New Orleans Pelicans, and former Indiana and Arizona State guard Evan Gordon, said he’s already looking forward to next year’s visit to Butler. Eron was recruited at various points by Butler, Indiana and Purdue. With Butler and Seton Hall now Big East rivals, he’ll have a chance to play against the Bulldogs.
“Butler and Indiana are the schools I’ve been most familiar with my entire life,” he said. “And I grew up watching the Big East. The Big East tournament is so historical. It’s something that I grew up dreaming to play in.”
Gordon, who averaged 19 points as a senior at Cathedral, said he could play both guard positions at Seton Hall. The Pirates were led by four sophomores last season, but could lose leading scorer Isaiah Whitehead to the NBA draft.
“One thing that stuck out to (Seton Hall) is that they liked that I’m a versatile player,” Gordon said. “They liked that I’m a good scorer, I can defend and I’m a good playmaker. That’s what they’ve always liked about me.”
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