Posted On: 12/31/17 6:49 AM
As we begin to enter a new year, high school teams look at the turn of the calendar as a checkpoint. For teams that have struggled, it’s an opportunity to approach the upcoming schedule as a clean slate. Despite being unsuccessful in capturing a win in The Bernard Eckert Holiday Classic this past week, Hammond’s 2018 guard Robert Gordon will look to take his individual success and build on it in the new year.
The Golden Bears came up short in their opening game against the eventual champions of the holiday classic, Gerstell Academy, 64-61. Gordon wouldn’t go down quietly as he scored a tournament-high 31 points. Once the 6’1 lefty sees a shot go in, he’s capable of burying his next two or three in a row. Despite the shining individual performance from Gordon, he was still focused on what they need to do as a team in order to reach their full potential going forward.
“We just have to do a better job playing together,” Gordon told Prep Hoops. “Most of our losses are because of that including today. We have to come on the court from the jump ready to play. That’s our biggest issue right now. But when we do play as a team, we will win games and we’ve been working on that in practice, but it has to translate consistently over into games.”
Hammond’s currently has a 3-4 overall record. Their wins have come against Oakland Mills, Edgewood and North County. In the win against Edgewood Gordon finished with 25 points, so his 31-point breakout wasn’t the first time this season he put together a solid outing in the scoring column.
Rewinding back to this past spring/summer, Gordon played AAU for Maryland 3D. Although Gordon didn’t have the production that he had hoped for, he still improved on some key aspects of his game.
“I really wanted to work on my right hand and improve on my jumpshot,” Gordon said. “And I really felt like I did both this summer.”
Gordon hopes to pick up his recruitment with this being his last chance to showcase his talents before graduating. With that being said, he’s focused on different improvements in his game.
“I want to be more of a vocal leader,” Gordon said. “Playing more on ball offensively as well. I have to work on my ball handling a lot more and just work on my overall game to be more productive at the next level.”
Albright College has been the school recruiting Gordon the most aggressively. He has a 3.0 cumulative GPA and plans to major in business.