Pac 12 Schools Battling Over Top 2013 Power Forward Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Ca, is a five tool player at the forward position. He can run, jump, rebound, pass and score around the rim. It is because of these skills he is ranked number 2 at his position by ESPNU and number 6 overall in the nation. He is by far the most talented player on the west coast. The PAC-12 schools leading the chase to add this talent to their programs are Arizona, Washington, Stanford, California and Oregon.
Sean Miller and the Arizona coaching staff are the hot program right now. Last year they brought in a highly touted recruiting class, including three post players ranked in the Top 100 by ESPNU. However none of those three have the ability to sing out to the perimeter like Gordon and with Solomon Hill graduating there will be a large need for a scoring wing next year at the U of A.
Lorenzo Romar runs the perfect system for a player of Gordon’s skill set. The Huskies want players that can pressure the ball defensively, grab rebounds above the rim and finish the fastbreak above the rim, all things that Gordon excels at. He would be the most talented player on their roster the day he signed.
Johnny Dawkins has some other players higher on his radar as he tends to think outside the box when he recruits. However, when a transcendent talent is mere minutes down the road from you it is in your best interest to take a look. The Cardinal could use a player like Gordon to propel them into the upper echelon of the PAC-12.
Mike Montgomery has a strong history of getting high profile post to come play for him and Cal could definitely use one in the coming seasons. With Jabari Bird committed and a good friend of Gordon’s the Golden Bears have a chance to add another Top 100 recruit to their class.
Dana Altman has the Oregon Ducks heading in the right direction and getting Gordon to join his flock would mean they have arrived. Some of Gordon’s former club teammates are playing for Altman now in Eugene but will that be enough to convince the big man to join up and fly north?
Needless to say a player of Gordon’s talents will have his pick of schools.