Indiana and Purdue have started a recruiting battle over two young, Indiana guards. First, Indiana offered Eron Gordon, 6'1" shooting guard North Central 2016, on Monday. They were the first to offer the current 8th grader. Gordon is scheduled to visit Purdue Sunday after the Nike Spring Showdown that is being held in Merrillville. Today, Hyron Edwards, 5'11" point guard East Chicago Central 2015, picked up offers from Indiana and then Purdue. Purdue has obvious connections to East Chicago Central as that is the high school E'twaun Moore won a state championship there. As a side-note, Moore beat Eric Gordon's North Central team in the state championship game.
Both players are extremely good. Eron Gordon was probably the most dominant player in any age group during the IndyBall.com tournament and he was playing up a year with the class of 2015. No one could stop him from getting to the basket because he is so strong and athletic for his age. He plays with great toughness and intensity, which you do not see very often with the younger players. Gordon's jumper is basically a set-shot at this point and it must continue to evolve into a jumper.
Hyron Edwards is more of a pure point guard. He gets to the basket and sets his teammates up rather than looking to create his own outside shot. I don't have measurements, but he looked a couple inches taller than he was in December. Edwards is a true 5-11 now and could be passed off as 6-foot easily. Like Gordon, the biggest weakness to Edwards' game right now is his outside shooting and his shooting mechanics. He did shoot it well from the outside in the championship game though.
It will certainly be interesting to follow the development of both of these players. Edwards will have the hype of having big-time offers on the table and that will motivate everyone that he plays against. Gordon will hear comparisons to his NBA brother even louder now that Indiana has offered. The good news for them is that they seem like great kids and are surrounded by great people that will look out for their best interests.