A big night here in the Nation. Coach Howland lands another monster recruit. Blackjack diaried it up and dpriggs posted a must read insta-analysis. Here is a little roundup on the commitment of our latest Ben Ball warrior.
The LA Times has a short story up on the latest gem for Coach Howland:
Gordon, who played against Santa Ana Mater Dei in March's state Division II championship game in Sacramento, averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3.8 blocks a game. He's known for his leaping ability, toughness and ability to block shots.
His selection of UCLA might come as a surprise to some since Washington had emerged as a strong candidate in recent days. California, Arizona, North Carolina and Duke were also considered.
"I am excited for the recruiting phase to be over for me, and I can't wait to get to UCLA, even though I have another year of high school," Gordon said in a news release distributed by Mitty.
Gordon's arrival in the fall of 2008 gives UCLA support if incoming center recruit Kevin Love chooses to leave school after one season.
Gordon's father, Ed, played basketball at Carson High.
Gordon, whose father Ed played basketball with Tony Gwynn and Michael Cage at San Diego State, led the Monarchs to the Northern California Division II championship, beating the state's top-ranked team at the time, Jesuit of Carmichael, to reach the school's first state final.
In the 69-64 overtime loss to Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Gordon had 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks against a constant triple team.
Gordon, who has started since his freshman year, averaged 15.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks last season, and established himself as a defensive force who could dominate a game. He also shot 60 percent from the field and 69 percent from the free-throw line.
UCLA has been to two straight final fours.
"I am excited for the recruiting phase to be over for me, and I can't wait to get to UCLA, even though I have another year of high school," Drew said. "I want to thank all of the schools who were interested in me. It was an honor to be recruited by such top level programs. I appreciated getting to know all the coaches and players, and I look forward to competing against them as a Bruin."
Gordon's high school coach, Brian Eagleson, said in the release that he fully supported Gordon's decision.
"UCLA has a great program that will push him to become an excellent player and will develop him as a student athlete," Eagleson said. "We reviewed many aspects of the programs on Drew's list, and UCLA fits him as a player and as a person."
Anyways HT to Bruin Basketball Report for a little teaser on the latest Ben Ball warrior:
Let the good times roll.