Eric Gordon Sr. saw the third of his three sons, Eron, wrap up his recruitment on Monday night when he committed to Seton Hall. Eron came into high school at North Central as a freshman as a highly-touted prospect with offers from Indiana and Purdue before he even played a varsity game. He transferred to Cathedral prior to his junior year, but had to sit out more than half the season after the Indiana High School Athletic Association ruled he’d transferred or athletic reasons. The ruling was eventually overturned and Gordon returned halfway through the season and went on to average 19 points a game as a senior and earn a spot on the IndyStar Indiana All-Star team.
I caught up with Eric Gordon Sr. after Eron’s announcement on Monday that he’d committed to Seton Hall.
Question: It’s been a long process. Do you feel like Eron ended up in the right spot?
Gordon Sr.: “Absolutely. We’re really happy and excited about Seton Hall. You have a school that is a very good academic school, very similar to the school he’s at now. It’s a small, compact, beautiful and clean campus. It’s a great area in South Orange (New Jersey) and the Prudential Center is one of the best arenas in college basketball, where he’ll play his games. They have a great coaching staff. I really love those guys. I couldn’t be any happier. I think kids grow up some when they are away from home and I think this will give him the opportunity to grow up a little more. He’s matured so much over the last couple years and it’ll be good to see him continue to grow. I couldn’t be any happier.”
Q: You’ve had three kids go through this recruiting process now. Was there anything different about Eron’s process?
A: “I think everybody’s is a little different. Each kids is different. Eric is different than Eron and Eron is different than Evan. Eric is on one spectrum as far as his demeanor and Evan is on the other. Eron is sort of in the middle. So they all had different needs. We tried to make sure each boy had what they needed. I think we did a real good job for all three.”
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Q: How has Eron’s experiences in high school shaped him?
A: “I think as he goes away to school he’ll mature even more. I think it’ll help him academically and on the court. I look for him to have a great career at Seton Hall. I look for him to have a great season and the team to have a great year. They won the Big East tournament last year and return pretty much everyone potentially, except maybe one or two players. They have a great situation. If I’m a coach at Seton Hall I feel really good about it.”
Q: Did you have any previous connection with the Seton Hall staff?
A: “There was no direct connection. There was a player who played there who works for the Pelicans now (where Eric Gordon Jr. plays). But really no direct connection before this.”
Q: Did you feel like Eron was ever bothered by the pressure of his brothers’ success? Could getting out of Indiana maybe help him in that regard?
A: “I think it just motivated him more. I don’t think it has any impact on him. A lot students, if they’re not in sports, take a year abroad or take a year off before going to college. What’s great about this is that Eron can go to a great city and mature and do that while playing basketball. I think leaving Indiana has nothing to do with anything other than that he’s going to a great school. I wouldn’t have my son go to school where I didn’t feel like I could turn him over and not trust that it would be a great situation for him. Some schools I wouldn’t do that. But they’ve been up front, honest and sincere. They came to games and the entire staff has been to Cathedral. They’ve kept in contact daily. They really want Eron to be a student-athlete there. That’s important to feel needed.”
Q: Was Seton Hall the most consistent program in his recruitment since last fall?
A: “Yeah. I mean, there were other schools that came in. But there was just a good connection and they let us know exactly how they saw Eron with his strengths and weaknesses and his opportunities. They were honest and open. I would recommend any parent with a kid who is going to play to find out exactly what is expected and make sure there is a clear, two-day dialogue.”