Little Brother Leaving Liberty Not A New Phenomenon

Evan Gordon spent two years at Liberty before transferring to a bigger program, like Seth Curry before him. (AP Photo)

During the second and third weeks of the NCAA Tournament, much of the roster and coaching changes occurring at mid-major schools across the country tend to go unnoticed. After all, most folks covering the sport rightly have their attention tuned to the action that is still happening on the court. One of the more interesting player moves that was announced during this time was Evan Gordon’s decision to transfer out of Liberty. Though players transfer all of the time, Gordon’s was unique because of how eerily similar his situation was to that of another former Liberty baller, Seth Curry.

The most glaring connection between the two guards is that they both have older brothers collecting paychecks in the NBA. Stephen Curry, the former Davidson star, and Eric Gordon are rising young players in the League, enough so that they represented Team USA alongside some of the country’s best young professionals last summer. Seth Curry started his career at Liberty during the 2008-09 season after being overlooked by high-profile programs. He ended up earning the Big South’s Freshman of the Year award, but he wasn’t a Flame for much longer. After his freshman season ended, Curry announced he was transferring, and he parlayed his first-year success—and no doubt his last name—into an offer from Duke.

Evan Gordon stuck around Lynchburg, Va., longer than Curry. He just completed his sophomore year with the team, leading it in scoring and earning a spot on the All-Big South Second Team. Officially, his decision to transfer was influenced by his desire to play the point guard. At Liberty, that position is dutifully occupied by Jesse Sanders, a versatile guard who was the Big South’s Player of the Year as a junior in 2010-11. At 6-foot-2, perhaps Gordon could see that he’d need some experience running the point in order to have a shot at the next level like his older brother. But when we see that the younger Gordon has landed at Arizona State, it’s hard not to deduce that his successful lineage, much like Curry’s, had something to do with his decision to seek a more high-profile destination.

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