Aaron Gordon showed off his wide array of skills last night in a tightly-contested game that saw the Arizona Wildcats end up victorious over the San Diego State Aztecs. Gordon did a bit of everything. He dished out assists. He showed off the range on his jump shot with a few deep threes. He even showed off his explosiveness with a highlight-reel dunk.
Gordon can flat out do it all. Many questioned whether he would make the transition to the small forward position with the Wildcats. That should now be squashed. Gordon has the athleticism and ball-handling ability to play the three position with ease. He’s that talented. Take one look at the guy, and you’ll see a striking resemblance to NBA star power forward Blake Griffin.
The truth is that he plays like him too. He is an above-the-rim athlete that can dominate games with his pure athleticism. The difference? Gordon seems to have much more range on his jump shot and can handle the ball in a way Griffin never could. It is scary how much potential this kid has.
In a week in college basketball where all the attention and headlines have been on the likes of Julius Randle, Jabari Parker and the insanely hyped Andrew Wiggins, Gordon is flying under the radar but deserves to be noticed with his stellar play on both ends.
It isn’t all offense for Gordon. He’s averaging 10 rebounds a game and playing solid defense to boot. This is as well-rounded a college basketball player as there is in the country, and he is a freshman. The sky is the limit for this kid.