Drew Gordon, one of the top forwards in the class of 2008, has had a number of top college programs watch him play during the early part of his sophomore season. Gordon, 6-foot-8, 235-pounds from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., has put up some big time numbers for these coaches, averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 blocks per game this year.
"Washington, UCLA, California, North Carolina, Kentucky, Connecticut and Arizona have been out to see me," said Gordon. "I'm also hearing from Duke, and I believe they have plans to come out here this year."
As popular as the multi-talented Gordon is with the coaches, Gordon is giving little thought to the recruiting process at this early point in his career.
"I'm not really focused on colleges right now," he said. "I want to stay grounded and continue to get better.
"When I do begin to look at school, I want to play for a team with good team chemistry and for a team that is fundamentally sound. I also want to play for a good half court team and go to a school that is academically challenging."
Gordon, who runs with the Oakland Soldiers in the summer, has a terrific combination of size and skill. He can play either a power style or finesse style and play effectively either with his back to the basket and facing the basket. As his statistics indicate, Gordon is a legitimate quadruple-double threat with his multifaceted game.
"I have the size and athleticism to get things done on the court," said Gordon. "I just want to be the hardest worker on the court.
"In practice I am working hard on my left hand and on my ball handling. I also need to work on being bigger in the post."