Ex-Sidney standout Andre Gordon verbals to Virginia Tech


By Bryant Billing - bbilling@sidneydailynews.com



Sidney junior guard Andre Gordon dribbles with pressure from Butler’s Kort Justice during a Greater Western Ohio Conference game on Dec. 19, 2017 in Sidney. Gordon verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Monday.

Sidney junior guard Andre Gordon dribbles with pressure from Butler’s Kort Justice during a Greater Western Ohio Conference game on Dec. 19, 2017 in Sidney. Gordon verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Monday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Former Sidney standout athlete Andre Gordon verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Monday in a Twitter post.

Gordon posted on Twitter last week he was taking an official visit to the school from Saturday through Monday and wasted little time giving his commitment to the program. Gordon transferred from Sidney to Huntington Prep last spring and will finish his prep career this winter.

Virginia Tech has enjoyed a resurgence with former Marquette coach Buzz Williams the last four years and has made the NCAA tournament the last two seasons.

Gordon, who is being recruited as a point guard, averaged 23 points, 5.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets last season. He had 1,415 career points and is the school’s all-time leader in assists (418) and steals (168).

Gordon was also a football standout for the Yellow Jackets. He started at quarterback for three seasons, though he missed most of his sophomore year with wrist injury. He’s been a frequent spectator at Sidney’s football games this season.

In 22 career games, Gordon threw for 3,298 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 1,602 yards and 25 TDs — all while sharing the backfield with running back Isaiah Bowser, who now plays at Northwestern. Gordon had four scholarship offers for football.

Gordon announced on Twitter last April he was leaving Sidney to play at Huntington Prep this season. He announced the month before he was not playing football his senior season and was focusing on basketball.

Gordon has offers from nearly a dozen schools, including Xavier, DePaul and Dayton.

Huntington Prep was founded in 2009 and has turned into one of the country’s biggest hotspots for college prospects. Andrew Wiggins, the 2014 NBA draft No. 1 pick, is the program’s most well-known alumni. The program has a 33-game schedule for the upcoming season, including two games in Flyin’ to the Hoop in Kettering in January.

Gordon was named second team all-Southwest district and honorable mention all-Ohio in basketball earlier this year. He was also named second team all-Southwest district in football.

Sidney junior guard Andre Gordon dribbles with pressure from Butler’s Kort Justice during a Greater Western Ohio Conference game on Dec. 19, 2017 in Sidney. Gordon verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Monday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/10/web1_DSC_2115-Edit-220171219202115936-18.jpgSidney junior guard Andre Gordon dribbles with pressure from Butler’s Kort Justice during a Greater Western Ohio Conference game on Dec. 19, 2017 in Sidney. Gordon verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Monday. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

By Bryant Billing

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