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Layer Signs Son of Former LU Star in Gordon

June 4, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dale Layer announces he has inked Evan Gordon to play basketball for Liberty next season.

Dale Layer announces he has inked Evan Gordon to play basketball for Liberty next season.

Liberty men's basketball head coach Dale Layer has announced that Evan Gordon has signed to play basketball for the university for the 2009-10 academic year.

Gordon (6-2, 185, Indianapolis, Ind.) is the son of former Flame standout Eric Gordon, a three-year letterwinner from 1982-84, and the younger brother of NBA rookie sensation Eric Gordon, Jr., of the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Evan brings great poise, toughness and defensive ability to our backcourt," commented Layer. "He possesses athletic ability and a scoring potential that will help us in a lot of ways. With his father being a Liberty alum and having an outstanding basketball career at Liberty, it only adds to the special opportunity for Evan to be a Flame."

Evan Gordon is a 2009 graduate of Hargrave Military Academy in nearby Chatham, where the guard played on the post-graduate team as a 12th grader, helping the Tigers to a 27-2 record and an appearance in the National Prep Showcase Finals. The National Championship for prep schools was contested at Endicott College, in Beverly, Mass. Gordon and company finished runner-up, falling to Tilton School by four points, 97-93.

Gordon is the second player to ever sign with Liberty out of Hargrave Military Academy, which has sent numerous alumni into the SEC, ACC and NBA, including Josh Howard of the Dallas Mavericks who attended Wake Forest after his days at Hargrave. Liberty's fall 2006 signee Nathan Campbell was the first.

On a team that is sending 10 members of its 12-man roster to NCAA Division I institutions next season, Gordon averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 assists per game for Hargrave during the 2008-09 campaign.

"Evan is going to bring a lot of energy to Liberty," said Hargrave Head Coach Kevin Keatts. "What I think makes Evan unique is he can play the one and two positions, put the ball on the floor and get to the hole. He can score from the outside, and his teammates will feed off his energy. His versatility to play multiple positions will make him a valuable player to the Liberty program."

Prior to his Hargrave days, Gordon was a three-year starter at North Central High School in Indianapolis, teaming up with his older brother, Eric Gordon, Jr., to lead the Panthers to the Indiana 4A title game in 2007. North Central High School is also the alma mater of Eric Gordon, Sr., before the family patriarch attended Indiana State and Northwest Community College prior to his matriculation at Liberty in the fall of 1981.

Evan Gordon's father, Eric Gordon (right), was a standout for the Flames during the 1982-83-84 seasons. The elder Gordon sits 16th all-time in the Liberty annals with 1,154 points. 
"I think it's a dream come true to have my son Evan attend Liberty," reflected Eric Gordon. "I went to school at Liberty and met my wife there. I remember growing up saying that every kid should go to Liberty for at least one year. Now Evan has the opportunity to attend for four years and I know he will do better than I did. Our family is really blessed, as my oldest son Eric made mention when we were in town recently to attend Evan's 12th-grade graduation from nearby Hargrave. Eric told his brother after looking around campus, ‘I think you really need to go ahead and go to school here at Liberty, it is an awesome place.' It is a dream come true for Evan to be able to do that."

The elder Gordon currently sits 16th all-time in the Liberty annals in scoring, after Anthony Smith passed him during the season opener last Nov. 14 against Montreat. Gordon accumulated 1,154 career points over three seasons, including leading Liberty in scoring in 1984 with 526 points (18.1 ppg) on 57.7 percent (218-of-378) shooting, also a team high.

Evan Gordon selected Liberty over Butler, Detroit, Penn State, San Diego and Xavier.