Clippers Select Gordon With Seventh Pick in 2008 Draft
June 26, 2008
NEW YORK - Former Indiana guard Eric Gordon was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the seventh pick in the 2008 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Gordon, who set the Big Ten freshman scoring record with 669 points, became the highest IU draft pick since Calbert Cheaney was selected sixth by Washington in the 1993 Draft.
"Basically the strength and physical toughness of the game, the Big Ten has more of a grinding game, they have big, physical guys, and I think that will help my toughness in the NBA," Gordon said. "I just try to provide what's best for the team - if I need to play shooting guard or point guard - I just have to see what the best situation is for me."
Gordon is the second player in IU history to be drafted by the Clippers, joining Jay Edwards, who was selected in the second round in 1989. Indiana's last draft selection was Bracey Wright, who went 47th overall to Minnesota in the 2005 Draft. IU's last first-round selection was Jared Jeffries, who was selected 11th by the Washington Wizards in 2002. The Indianapolis native became the eighth Hoosier to be selected in the draft's top 10. He is the 19th IU player in school history to be selected in the first round.
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. He 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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