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May 8, 2013

Gordon leaving ASU

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said in a teleconference with the school's fans Wednesday that starting guard [db]Evan Gordon[/db] informed the program he will transfer.

Gordon was expected to be a key player for the Sun Devils as a senior after averaging 10.1 points and 32.2 minutes last season, shooting .347 from 3-point range on a team-high 176 attempts.

Jeff Rabjohns, who covers Indiana University basketball for Rivals.com affiliate Peegs.com, initially reported that Gordon would transfer to play for the Hoosiers. Later he clarified in a subsequent tweet that Indiana was one school under consideration.

An Indianapolis native, Gordon graduated from ASU with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies recently and may be able to play without penalty next season as a result. But since he transferred to ASU from Liberty in 2011, that isn't immediately clear and he may have to earn an NCAA appeal.

Gordon did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

This is the second offseason in which ASU has lost a key would-be senior starter to transfer post-graduation after Trent Lockett left in 2012 to play for Marquette.

The Sun Devils were expected to only have to replace their second-leading scorer and top rebounder, Carrick Felix, from last year's staarting lineup, but now will be very inexperienced on the perimeter.

Freshman Calaen Robinson will be with the squad after sitting out last season following an off-court incident that led to suspension. Incoming freshman guard Chance Murray can play both backcourt positions. Michigan State transfer guard Brandan Kearney will be eligible at the start of Pac-12.


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