Aaron Gordon, a 6’8″, 210 lbs. forward from San Jose, Calif., has decided to add one more school to his list of choices. Gordon had narrowed his list to Kentucky, Washington and Arizona, but according to Eric Bossi of Rivals.com the talented high school senior has added the Oregon Ducks.
Gordon is considered the second-best small forward and the fifth-best player in the 2013 class by247 Sports. He was named Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports as a junior at Archbishop Mitty last year, averaging 22.9 points and 12.8 rebounds.
Scout.com says of Gordon:
A versatile and unique four-man, Gordon is a very good defender, who specializes in rebounding and starting the break by pushing the ball up the court. He’s got a very good frame that should make him a strong player in college and is a terrific athlete who competes every possession. He’s an adept scorer/shooter from midrange and in, although he could improve his outside shot.
Although the 5-star recruit has many talents, he is most known for posterizing innocent defenders as he dunks over top of them.
Gordon has been very quite and patient about his recruitment. Most believe he is either a Washington or Kentucky lean, although the addition of Oregon is a very interesting development. Gordon took an official visit to Oregon last October, but dropped them from his list in November.
Oregon already has six commitments for the 2013 class, including two junior college transfers. Although the class seems full, I am sure head coach Dana Altman would make room for a top 10 talent. Gordon is a program changer, the kind of player Oregon needs.
The Ducks are having a good season so far this year, ranked 10th in the country. But with Oregon’s youth there could be some problems heading into March. If Oregon can land Gordon, mixed with the talent returning, there could be some very good basketball in Eugene, Oregon next season.
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