Eric Gordon was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Eric and Denise Gordon. He has two brothers, Evan and Eron, both of whom played college basketball. When he was four years old, Gordon began playing sports, including soccer and basketball, at the Jewish Community Center across the street from his home. At age seven, he began playing competitive basketball at the Municipal Gardens. Gordon attended North Central High School in Indianapolis and was named a McDonald's All-American as well as Mr. Basketball of Indiana during his senior season. He averaged 29 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior and scored 50 points on two occasions. In 2010, Gordon won a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA World Championship. Learn more about Gordon by following him on Twitter (@TheofficialEG10) and on Instagram (@officialeg10). Even before Gordon started playing basketball at Indiana, he rode to his home-state school on a wave of controversy. He initially agreed to play for Illinois but changed his mind when the team got a new coach. Kelvin Sampson pursued the shooting guard and got him to play for one season with the Hoosiers in 2007-08. Gordon showed off his scoring prowess by leading the team with 20.9 points per game. Indiana opened the season with 17 wins in its first 18 games. The 6-foot-5 guard hurt his wrist and slumped in the second half of the season. The NCAA found Sampson guilty of recruiting violations and he was bought out, which may have also caused the team to slump. Gordon and the team still were invited to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Arkansas. Gordon, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, shot 3-of-15 from the field on his way to eight points. After the game, he announced that he would enter the 2008 NBA Draft. He was drafted with the seventh pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.