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Hoosiers, Boilers pick up transfers

Fifth-year players are eligible for this basketball season

– The Indiana and Purdue men’s basketball programs shored up the teams’ rosters with fifth-year transfers Wednesday.

Evan Gordon, an Arizona State graduate transferring to IU, and Errick Peck, a Cornell grad transferring to Purdue, will be eligible to play immediately.

Gordon averaged 10.1 points for the Sun Devils. The 6-foot-3 guard adds experience for the Hoosiers, who had two upperclassmen on scholarship before his commitment.

Two upperclassmen guards, Remy Abell and Maurice Creek, decided to leave the Hoosiers after the 2012-13 season.

Peck, an Indianapolis Cathedral graduate, will fill similar needs for a Purdue squad with 10 scholarship players.

The 6-foot-6 forward joins the Boilermakers after forwards Sandi Marcius and Jacob Lawson as well as guard Anthony Johnson left the program this offseason.

Both players kept their commitment confirmations brief. The programs are prohibited to comment about players until their letters of intent and all other paperwork have been filed with the university.

Peck sent a simple text message, “Yessir.” when asked if he had committed to the Boilermakers. Xavier was also in the mix for the graduate transfer, and after a visit with the Musketeers, Peck pushed his decision deadline of Tuesday back a day.

Gordon, the younger brother of former IU All-American Eric Gordon, took to Twitter to announce his pledge. He also spoke with Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star the morning of his commitment.

“I have decided to become a Hoosier this coming season,” Evan Gordon said on Twitter. He also considered Butler and visited the Bulldogs’ campus Tuesday.

“Nothing like an Indiana kid playing for IU,” he told Neddenriep.

The Hoosiers are bringing in one of the most talented freshman classes in the nation, but with six newcomers, it may take time to get acclimated. A fifth-year player like Gordon will help with that assimilation, and although he is new to Bloomington, he grew up around the program and learned plenty during his brother’s recruitment by IU.

Gordon is an Indianapolis native and played for North Central before heading to Hargrave Military Academy for his final season of high school. He played two years for Liberty before transferring to Arizona State for his last undergraduate season.

Peck’s path to West Lafayette was simpler.

He played three seasons for Cornell and averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Big Red. Peck earned a redshirt season because of an injury his junior year, but Ivy League schools do not grant a fifth year of eligibility.

He will help a team that finished 16-18 last season behind a talented but young core of freshmen.

The fifth-year player will join an incoming class of three freshmen – Basil Smotherman, Kendall Stephens and Northrop’s Bryson Scott – as well as Jay Simpson, who was with the program last year but sat out with a medical redshirt.

smorrison@jg.net

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