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Drew Gordon

New Mexico
University Studies


Gordon is majoring in University Studies.


Gordon has shown tremendous character and leadership in his three semesters at New Mexico. Gordon entered UNM in January of the 2009-10 season, and sat on the bench as part of a 30-5 team, and then missed the first nine games of the 2010-11 season, and despite his previous accolades, came off the bench for his first seven games.  He was constantly asked by the media about not starting, and his basic response was that he would do what his coaches asked in order to help the team win. Gordon is also the student-athlete most apt to stop and greet other students at games, sign autographs for little kids and give them a word of encouragement.


Gordon takes part in many of Lobo basketball’s community functions, from reading at local elementary schools to taking part in UNM’s APS Backpack Giveaway, where Lobo student-athletes fill up and give out 6,000 backpacks to the community. Gordon also took part in UNM basketball’s community day, and one of his 2011-12 projects is to work with the AYBL (American Youth Basketball League) to put on mini-clinics for kids ages 6th grade and younger.


Gordon averaged a double-double for the Lobos after sitting out the first semester as part of the NCAA one-year transfer rule and was named the Mountain West Newcomer of the Year. His 189 rebounds in conference play broke the MW junior class record, and he was a second-team All-MWC pick.  Entering his senior season, Gordon was named the preseason Mountain West player of the year and he was the only MWC player named to the John R. Wooden Award List.