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Going, Going, Gone? Gordon expected to declare for NBA draft on Monday

Saturday, April 5, 2008

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Eric Gordon
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana freshman Eric Gordon is expected to announce Monday that he'll turn pro.

The Big Ten's freshman of the year said through the university Friday that he will hold a news conference in his hometown of Indianapolis to announce his decision.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Gordon would forgo his final three seasons of college ball, citing a source close to the situation. Earlier this week, Gordon told The Associated Press that he would make his decision public Monday.

Leaving early would hardly be a surprise.

Long before Gordon enrolled at Indiana, most figured the 6-foot-4 guard with the nifty moves and NBA 3-point range would play only one college season before heading to the NBA, where he is expected to be a lottery pick.

The speculation continued after Gordon was invited but did not attend Wednesday's team meeting with new coach Tom Crean.

Gordon was named a third-team All-American this week, after leading the Big Ten in scoring (20.9 points) and setting school and Big Ten freshman scoring records with 669 points.

He became the first Hoosier to average more than 20 points per game since Brian Evans in 1996, made the third most free throws by a Hoosier in a single season (231) and had the fourth-highest total in school history for free throw attempts (277).

But after injuring his left wrist during a January practice, Gordon was not the same player. Both his field goal percentage and 3-point shooting tailed off after the injury, culminating in one of his worst performances all year in the NCAA tournament.

Gordon was 3-of-15 from the field, missed all six of his 3-pointers and finished with just six points in an 86-72 loss to Arkansas.

He was unavailable for comment Friday because he was flying to San Antonio, where he is a guest of the National Association of Basketball Coaches at the Final Four.



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