Gordon to change commitment from Illinois to Indiana

Updated: October 13, 2006, 5:04 PM ET
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Eric Gordon, one of the top high school guards in the nation, changed his mind and will commit to Indiana.

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The 6-foot-3 senior guard from North Central High School in Indianapolis committed orally to Illinois in November, but he will announce he's attending Indiana during Hoosier Hysteria on Friday night, his father told the Indianapolis Star.

Chuck Jones, the athletic director at Gordon's high school would not say what Gordon's plans were, but he told ESPN.com Gordon spoke to the coaches at Indiana and Illinois and would make a public announcement of his plans in the next 24 hours.

Should his commitment stick, it would be a boost for coach Kelvin Sampson, who arrived at Indiana under a cloud of recruiting violations during his tenure at Oklahoma. It would also reverse the trend of top in-state players leaving Indiana, which plagued previous coach Mike Davis.

Gordon, ranked No. 1 in the class of 2007 by Rivals.com, was the subject of recruiting rumors this summer but told ESPN.com at the the time he intended to honor his commitment to Illinois.

Asked about recruiting players who had verbally committed, Illinois coach Bruce Weber said it was not accepted in college basketball.

"In football, it's always been known to be open game, but that hasn't been the case with us," Weber said this summer when Gordon was getting attention from Indiana. "If you have a kid [orally] committed, then for that eight or nine months you don't recruit anyone else. So you lose all that time recruiting other kids, because you have one committed. Ask 98 percent of the coaches, and they'll tell you that they stop calling kids once they [orally commit]. We do. Most do it."