Valparaiso landed a big commitment on Friday night as former Indiana Mr. Basketball finalist and Indiana All-Star Eron Gordon announced that he was transferring from Seton Hall to Valparaiso.
Gordon, who is the brother of Rockets guard Eric Gordon and the son of former Liberty standout Eric Gordon Sr., will sit out the 2018-19 season per NCAA transfer requirements and will have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning in the fall of 2019.
Gordon averaged 1.5 points and 8.2 minutes as a sophomore with the Pirates last season The 6-foot-3 guard shot 44.7 percent from the field, including 35.3 percent from the 3-point line. He also had 23 assists to just 12 turnovers. Gordon averaged 24.5 points per game as a junior at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and 19 points as a senior.
“He was asked more to do his role (at Seton Hall),” Valparaiso coach Matt Lottich said. “I think it’s pretty well-known that he’s a big-time scorer. He scored at a high rate in high school. He’s excited about being part of a good team with good players. We’ve got guys that are committed.”
Gordon, who took his official visit to Valparaiso earlier in the week alongside his father, was unavailable for comment on Friday night. Gordon becomes the sixth Indiana native to join the Crusaders for the 2018-19 season, a fact that wasn’t lost on him during the recruiting process.
“We’ve been able to get into Indiana and get some pretty high-level players,” Lottich said. “Eron is a continuation of that. He knew a lot of players om the team. He knew Derrik (Smits) and (John) Kiser by name. He knew (Ryan) Fazekas. He’s a great addition and as good of a player as he is, he’s even a better person.”
Gordon becomes the third Indiana All-Star to join the program alongside Smits and Fazekas. Gordon was a highly-sought recruit in high school with Butler, Indiana and Purdue all showing interest. Gordon’s two brothers, Eric and Evan, both played collegiately at Indiana. Eric has played for 10 seasons in the NBA and was recently named a finalist for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Evan scored more than 1,300 points in college while playing for Liberty, Arizona State and Indiana.
Gordon’s commitment leaves the Crusaders with two open scholarships. Valparaiso was a finalist for Brock Stull before the Milwaukee transfer chose Minnesota to reunite with former Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter.
“We’re going to get the right pieces, whatever that is,” Lottich said. “We’re going to bring people that fit into what we’ve got. We like the pieces that are in the program right now. We like the commitment from every single person right now. We’re committed to that. If it’s someone that has to sit out, someone that’s immediately eligible; holding a scholarship, we’re going to be patient.”