mbc_alumni_06_old
[link=http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/noaccess.asp?SID=910&script=/content.asp&CID=611612]http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/noaccess.asp?SID=910&script=/content.asp&CID=611612[/link]

You rarely see this happen, where a kid commits to a collegiate program before he even plays his first varsity high school basketball game. In fact, the only other occasion where I recall something like this happening, is when Taylor King of Santa Ana, California committed to UCLA in 8th grade. Last year King de-committed from the Bruins and re-committed to Duke. Illinois has already had to deal with the Eric Gordon sage, lets hope the same thing doesn't happen with this kid.
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brewcitylegend
USC also signed some 14-year-old about a month ago too....

Weird stuff....
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justintyem
We'll have to get the scoop from 3points on this verbal. Kinda young to verbaling to colleges already if ya ask me.
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snaggly_2000_old
ridiculous, how can a 14 year old kid know what he wants to study, where he wants to spend 4 + years of his life...ect, this is obvioulsy a descision made on an impulse or by the parents, which is just not right
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madtown7_old
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[link=http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/noaccess.asp?SID=910&script=/content.asp&CID=611612]http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/noaccess.asp?SID=910&script=/content.asp&CID=611612[/link]

You rarely see this happen, where a kid commits to a collegiate program before he even plays his first varsity high school basketball game. In fact, the only other occasion where I recall something like this happening, is when Taylor King of Santa Ana, California committed to UCLA in 8th grade. Last year King de-committed from the Bruins and re-committed to Duke. Illinois has already had to deal with the Eric Gordon sage, lets hope the same thing doesn't happen with this kid.


thas awesome. i can remember watching that kid in youth bball. he was special!
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hoopsgalore
For an 8th grader I bet he was.

Remember Taylor King? Yeah, he's still good, but so many kids caught up to him, and he's not even the top recruit in California anymore.

It's hard to determine what will come of this. I guess we will see in another three years or so.
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mbc_alumni_06_old
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This was not an impulse thing. This is a kid with a great family and very good head on his shoulders. His father has been quoted a few times saying he doesnt know what the gordon family is like but his family stays true to their word. Illinois is his dream school and that is good enough for me. If you read up a little more on this kid you would find out that he is not only special on the court but off also. One more thing, this kid is a 6-6 combo guard at the age of 14, here the kicker, he wears size 19 shoes which means in most cases that his growth plates are still open. Many say that he will be about 6-9 which would be amazing for a 2 guard but in reality a 6-6 two man isnt bad at all. I am very excited for this kid to play but now I have wait 4 years before I can.


From what I have heard about this kid, the sky is the limit as far as potential goes. Most other sources also say that he will probably end up being atleast 6'8, and possibly 6'9 or 6'10. Obviously, that is a little too much size for a 2-guard so I hope this kid gets in the weight room and can work his way into being a legit inside/outside threat (with emphasis on the inside part). Good to see that Illinois is finally striking gold with a top prospect, especially after striking out with many others these last couple of years.....
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hoopsgalore
I would hope the sky is the limit potentially for a top flight prospect.
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3points_old
This was not an impulse thing. This is a kid with a great family and very good head on his shoulders. His father has been quoted a few times saying he doesnt know what the gordon family is like but his family stays true to their word. Illinois is his dream school and that is good enough for me. If you read up a little more on this kid you would find out that he is not only special on the court but off also. One more thing, this kid is a 6-6 combo guard at the age of 14, here the kicker, he wears size 19 shoes which means in most cases that his growth plates are still open. Many say that he will be about 6-9 which would be amazing for a 2 guard but in reality a 6-6 two man isnt bad at all. I am very excited for this kid to play but now I have wait 4 years before I can.
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mbc_alumni_06_old
For some top-flight prospects, their potential is somewhat restricted and predictable. Take Kevin Love for example, a 6'9 Center from Lake Oswego, Oregon. Because of his lack of size and athleticism for his position, and the ulta-advanced skill set and basketball IQ he already has, many have speculated that he cannot improve all that much more as a player (especially compared to some other prospects in the '07 class). And therefore, although he is ranked as one of the top players in the nation this year, his potential does not go much further than being a very good college player, and a potentially above average NBA post. Where somebody like Michael Beasley, has unlimited potential because of his ideal size and athleticism for a combo forward (6'9, with above average strength and extroardinary versatility/explosiveness for somebody his size and age), and has already been predicted by many to be a top pick in the first NBA draft that he declares for. Just my 2 cents.....
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sparky40_old
makes me think about holding my kid back a few years to pad his stats for jr high basketball hey who knows
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snaggly_2000_old
I was talking about Taylor King, who i saw play in Vegas, and was not impressive at all, although he was playing up a year, im not sure we are on the same page 3points
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