Gordon Declares for NBA Draft
April 7, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana guard Eric Gordon declared for the NBA Draft on Monday afternoon. The freshman announced his intentions at a press conference hosted by the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis.
"I would like to thank you all for coming here this afternoon to discuss my future plans for next fall, " Gordon said. "First I would like to thank my family, coaches - who are sitting behind me - friends who are here, and all the fans who support me now and in the near future.
"With that being said, I will be entering my name in June for the 2008 NBA Draft. I am doing this to compete at the highest level, not for the fame or the money."
Indiana head coach Tom Crean, who attended the press conference, offered his congratulations and support to Gordon and his family.
"I had a chance to visit with Eric on Wednesday and I just wanted to make it clear to him that I was here for him as the Indiana basketball coach," Crean said. "I would do as little as he wanted. I would do as much as I could, and at the same time, I was here to support him. That is why I wanted to come today.
"I'm committed as the Indiana coach to help him anyway I can. Even though he is leaving early, there is no reason not to graduate down the road. I want to let them (Eric and his family) know as they go through this transition I'll be there. I'll do whatever they need me to do."
Gordon was a CBSSports.com first team All-American, a second team NABC and Sports Illustrated All-American, and a third team Associated Press All-American. He became the first freshman in Indiana's storied history to earn All-America honors.
The Big Ten coaches voted him a first team All-Big Ten honoree, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an honoree on the All-Big Ten freshman team. Gordon, who also was one of 24 players on the Wooden Award List and one of 30 players on the Naismith Award List, was selected an unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the league's media.
He finished the 2007-08 season averaging 20.9 points and scored a Big Ten freshman record 669 points. Gordon became the first IU freshman to average more than 20 points per game and the first Hoosier overall to produce 20 points per game since Brian Evans averaged 21.2 in 1996.
Gordon's point total was the 10th highest overall in Indiana single-season history. His 231 free throws made were the third-highest single-season total and his 277 attempts ranked fourth in IU lore. Additionally, the Big Ten's leading scorer hit 70 three-point field goals, the eighth-best total in school history.
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