Gordon's Conduct, Clashes With Howland Led to Transfer
Bruins head coach Ben Howland released a statement saying, "We both have decided that it is in the best interests of our program and Drew that he continues his career at another school. He is no longer a member of our team and will transfer at the end of the quarter. This is not a spur of the moment decision and ultimately, it's what's best for all parties."
According to reports out of Los Angeles, the 6-foot-8 Gordon was removed from the team because of conduct detrimental to the team. A source familiar with the situation told FanHouse that Gordon clashed with Howland a few times and that selfish behavior and his perceived bad attitude had worn thin with his teammates.
"It was becoming clear the kid didn't want to be there and it wasn't long before his teammates and coaches didn't want him around, either," the source said. "This was probably in the best interest of everyone."
According to the school, Gordon will finish out the semester taking classes and then will transfer. It's likely Gordon will end up at a WAC, WCC or Mountain West program where he will be able to regain playing eligibility at mid-semester next year.
In the meantime, the timing of Gordon's departure couldn't be worse for the Bruins. They have Cole Aldrich and the No.1 Kansas Jayhawks coming into Pauley on Sunday without a proven post presence. Gordon was averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Bruins, who are off to a disappointing 2-4 start.
Howland may have to rely more heavily on 6-foot-8 freshman Reeves Nelson to fill the void left by Gordon's departure. The Bruins also hope that 6-foot-10 sophomore J'mison Morgan might finally be able to live up to the hype he had coming out of Dallas' South Oak Cliff two years ago.