Gordon can shoot, but does he measure up?

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:22 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
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    As luck would have it, I stumbled into UConn's Ben Gordon working out at the Sports Club/LA while I was doing a story on Peja Samardziski. The club has two courts, and while Peja was taking a rest on one side, I wandered over to the other side to take a peek at what Gordon was up to.

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    Gordon's been working out for several weeks in New York and looks really good. Living in Connecticut, I've seen more of Gordon than most college players, but I never get over how smooth his outside stroke is. The thing that's special about Gordon is his ability to shoot off the dribble. In several drills, he didn't miss a shot as he zigzagged all around the court catching, taking a few dribbles and then elevating for the shot.

    His athleticism is obviously superior. He's a very explosive athlete with a big vertical jump and a very quick first step. His ball-handling skills are good. I watched him do several drills with two basketballs and he looked really good. Overall, he spent a couple of hours in the gym and looked like he was in great shape.

    After the workout, Gordon wandered over to Samardziski's court and we talked for a few minutes about his expectations and his decision to declare for the draft.

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer