INDIANAPOLIS -- Can you keep a Gordon family secret?
Yes, these are the basketball Gordons, starting with Eric, a former Indiana All-America and current NBA standout with the New Orleans Pelicans; followed by Evan, a former Liberty, Arizona State and IU guard; followed by Eron, a Class of 2016 prospect whose recruiting list grows every time a big-name coach sees him.
Recently added to the list: Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Kansas' Bill Self and Kentucky's John Calipari. They join Purdue's Matt Painter and Indiana's Tom Crean among the interested coaches and …
Hold that thought. There's that secret to reveal.
Eron is building basketball skills so he can one day match, if not surpass, what his brothers have done. This involves many things, and one is battling with his siblings for family bragging rights as well as improvement.
So how does it go? Who is the best of the Gordon brothers?
First, remember that Eric is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery after being injured in late March while playing for the Pelicans. So he's a spectator right now.
Also remember the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Eron is ranked No. 35 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service.
As for Evan, he says he's decided to pass on professional basketball to become a sports agent, which doesn't mean he's lost his game or his desire to show his younger brother who's best.
“I played with Evan (last Friday) and when (Eric's knees) get back, I'll play against him,” Eron says. “Then all three of us will play the entire summer.”
A lot of players have workout buddies, but few have the quality Eron enjoys. Yes, that matters.
“It helps a lot,” Eron says. “Evan is going over screen and rolls, stuff like that. My percentages have gotten a lot better from screen and rolls. He's helped me a lot with that.”
Still, when drills give way to old-fashioned one-on-one games, who wins?
“It gets pretty feisty,” Eron says. “I can't beat either of them, yet. It's pretty good games. Evan might be the best one-on-one of us all. He's a good at it. He has a lot of moves and he can hit the open shot.”
Eron is noticeably leaner, fitter and quicker while playing for the Eric Gordon All-Stars Green team. Some of that is due to maturation, some to a rigorous training schedule.
“It's basically about becoming a better overall athlete with my stamina,” he says. “It's improving my footwork. I'm working on increasing my vertical jump and my foot speed.”
Eron runs a series of sprints. He says he runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, and hopes to get it down to 4.4 seconds by the time he's ready for college.
By comparison, Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash during the Hoosiers' Pro Day. That helped him become a second-round pick for the Denver Broncos.
During last weekend's adidas May Classic at Indianapolis North Central High School, Eron was aggressive and energetic, constantly darting into the passing lanes for steals and relentlessly attacking the basket. His shooting was inconsistent, but the potential was obvious. That's why Purdue and IU offered him before he played a game for North Central. It's why Krzyzewski, Self and Calipari have targeted him
“Kansas has been coming on more, coming on pretty strong,” he says. “So are Kentucky and Duke.
“Duke came on a little bit, especially last week after I had played in front of Coach Krzyzewski. Kentucky came on a month ago. Kansas likes how I play. They like me at the point. My dad talks to (Self) more.
“Coach Krzyzewski said he likes how I play hard and play both ends of the court. My dad talked to him. I haven't. That was the first time heard from them.”
Other than that, Crean, Painter and coaches from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Arizona State continue to follow him. He says he plans on visiting Kentucky and Kansas “pretty soon.”
And that's no secret.