Ten Most Painful Decommits

Eric Gordon
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Eric Gordon

From Illinois to Indiana

Some college programs came so close to landing some of the best up-and-coming college talent available, but coaching changes, personnel swaps and just plain player fickleness cost them first-rate recruits. We take a look back at the 10 most painful decommits of the last five recruiting classes.

Star recruit Eric Gordon verbally committed to the Bruce Weber-led squad at Illinois in fall 2005. But it wasn't long after the hiring of new Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson that rumors began to swirl that Gordon was turning his attention to the Hoosiers. On Oct. 13, Gordon switched his commitment. On Nov. 8, he signed with Indiana. The one-and-done freshman set IU's scoring record with 669 points and was drafted in 2008 by the Clippers.

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