The offseason has been dizzyingly busy over on West End Avenue, with expected and unexpected departures and additions. What raw materials are returning next season, who is now added to the mix, and how good can the Commodores be in 2009? VandySports.com breaks down the '08-'09 'Dores, right now![details]
2004 (Freshman): Played in all 34 games, with four starts... Averaged 14 minutes... Netted a career-high 30 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field (five 3-pointers) against Tennessee (2/2). His 30 points against Tennessee were the most by VU freshman in a regulation game since Mike Rhodes netted 34 against Virginia Tech on Dec. 22, 1977... Made a career-high five 3-pointers, including four in a span of 2:13, in tallying 17 points against Louisiana-Lafayette (1/2/05)... Tallied 16 points against Arizona State (11/27), making 5-of-8 field goal attempts and a trio of 3-pointers... Made all nine free throw attempts against Southern Illinois (11/26)... Led Vanderbilt in scoring three times and assists and steals twice.
Personal: Alex Raymond Gordon... Born Oct. 12, 1985 in Tacoma, Wash... Son of Scheenan and Anthony Gordon... Has a brother, Anthony (24)... Has a tattoo on his arm in honor of of his brother Anthony who passed away at age 20 from a heart attack while playing pick-up basketball with Alex in 2000.... Nickname is “Red”... Chose Vanderbilt over Florida State, Alabama, North Carolina State, Miami (Fla.) and Stanford. High School: Named First Team All-State four times and the 4A Florida Player of the Year as a senior by the Florida Sports Writers Association... Led the Tigers to three district titles and the 2004 Florida 4A state semifinals... Averaged 27.3 points, 8.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds as a senior... Averaged 26.3 points, 5.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds as a junior... Named 4A Florida Player of the Year in football and one of three quarterbacks named All-State... Threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for nearly 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior... Earned four letters in basketball and football and one in baseball... Served as team captain in basketball (4) and football (2)... Graduated with honors... Coached in high school basketball by David Williams.