Derrick Gordon, a freshman shooting guard from Western Kentucky has decided to transfer. The news was first reported by the WKUHerald and later confirmed by Gordon. The former St. Patrick's (NJ) star intends to choose a landing spot closer to his Plainfield, New Jersey home with Seton Hall reportedly among one of his considerations. In a statement this afternoon, Gordon said:
I have gone back-and-forth with this for many months. It is important to me that my family be able to see me play more frequently and for me to be able to visit everyone, including my brother, more regularly, and I believe it is best for me to continue my playing career closer to home.
This afternoon, Adam Zagoria caught up with St. Patrick's head coach, Chris Chavannes:
Gordon is considering Dayton, Seton Hall, Penn State and Virginia Tech, St. Patrick coach Chris Chavannes told SNY.tv.
However, Gordon then told Jeff Goodman there is no list, though he would like to land in New Jersey at a school where he can refine his point guard skills. He also spoke on the reason behind the transfer:
"It honestly had nothing to do with the coaching staff," Gordon told CBSSports.com. "I want to get back towards New Jersey, so my family can watch me play and so I can see my brother."
This season, Gordon averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 33 minutes for the Hilltoppers despite shooting just 37% and 27% from deep. Due to their scholarship situation, the Pirates aren't in a position to hand out schollies to many transfers, especially those who will not be granted a hardship waiver. That said, there will always be exceptions and Gordon may just be one of them.
Gordon's poor 3PT shooting doesn't exactly fit Coach Willard's system, but the possibility of adding a scoring/rebounding guard to the Pirates backcourt in 2013 can not be overlooked. Of course, whether the Pirates choose to target Gordon will depend on how quickly he decides on his next school and what other 2012 recruiting options the Pirates are faced with. If they can bring in a player who will contribute immediately, they have an easy decision on their hands. However, if they need to decide between a player that will take a couple years to develop and Derrick Gordon, it might be wise to roll with the latter. That all said, a 2012 point guard is this program's number one priority and we will have a recruiting roundup focusing on the search later this weekend.
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