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Veteran guard Evan Gordon commits to Indiana

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IU, Purdue set to play just once next season

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Evan Gordon is set to become an Indiana Hoosier.

Gordon, the brother of former IU All-America and current NBA player Eric Gordon, will transfer to IU. He has spent the past two seasons with Arizona State. He previously played two years for Liberty University in Virginia.

Gordon, who just graduated from Arizona State, will work on his master's degree in his final college season. Last season for the Sun Devils he averaged 10.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. He had 76 assists against 45 turnovers. He shot 39.1 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from three-point range. He started 25 of 35 games.

The reason he wanted to transfer, he said, was the chance to play closer to his Indianapolis home.

“Me and my family discussed about me coming home and being able to play in front of my family,” he said. “After being away from home for six years, to come home for one last season is special.”

The 6-3, 200-pound Gordon will provide much-needed veteran backcourt depth for IU. The Hoosiers return point guard Yogi Ferrell, but lost Victor Oladipo to the NBA draft. Maurice Creek and Remy Abell are transferring. Jordan Hulls finished his college eligibililty.

Gordon started his college career at Liberty University in Virginia. He averaged 12.0 points as a freshman and 14.4 points as a sophomore before transferring to Arizona State. He will be, by far, Indiana's most experienced guard.

The other main guard possibilities on the Hoosier roster are walk-on Jonny Marlin (a former IPFW starting point guard), and incoming freshmen Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams).

Gordon visited Indiana on Saturday while watching his younger brother, Eron, play in Bloomington's adidas May Classic. He visited Butler on Tuesday.

Also, IU and Purdue are set to play just once in basketball next season. The Big Ten announced its schedule for one-game opponents and it included the Hoosiers and the Boilers, who are set to meet in West Lafayette.

IU Athletic Director Fred Glass and Purdue Athletic Director Morgan Burke talked today in Chicago during the annual Big Ten sprint meetings. Glass wanted to set up a non-conference game with Purdue.

Burke told the Lafayette Journal and Courier's Mike Carmin that “Our (non-conference) schedule is set and we're not going back on any contracts.”

Purdue and IU participate in the annual Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis along with Notre Dame and Butler, but don't play each other. Indications are the Crossroads Classic format won't be changed to set up a Boiler-Hoosier game.