Sunday, May 12, 2013
Gordon to use IU's last schollie?
By Matt Giles
We wrote earlier this week that Evan Gordon was transferring from Arizona State, and that Indiana appeared to be a frontrunner for the guard. The move makes total sense from 30,000 feet: IU has one remaining scholarship for the 2013-14 season, so Gordon would seamlessly fit into Tom Crean's roster. Gordon would be able to play immediately, and would bring an offensive spark to a Hoosiers' backcourt that is lacking significant depth. Gordon spoke with Jeremy Price of The Hoosier Scoop and revealed not only is he going to meet with Crean and IU assistant Tim Buckley, he also plans to visit Butler and has been in contact with the Purdue coaching staff.
While everyone seemed to think Butler was a long-shot and it was a given that Gordon would transfer to IU, the Bulldogs have made a strong effort for the 6-foot-1 guard and appear to be a definite option for Gordon's final season. Although Gordon tells Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star that he has yet to research Butler's roster makeup, Brad Stevens' squad does present the opportunity for a plethora of playing time. Both Chase Stigall and Rotnei Clarke no longer have any eligibility left, and other than Kellen Dunham, Jackson Aldridge, and newcomer Rene Castro, Butler really does not have much backcourt depth (Chris Harrison-Docks transferred to Western Kentucky in late January). Dunham hasn't proven that he can run the offense while also moving about the halfcourt to get his own shot, so Butler needs a player capable of fulfilling that role. While Gordon was more of an off-guard at ASU, he has a tight handle (he commits a turnover on just 13.9 percent of his possessions) and can convert from the perimeter.