We have all heard about the freshman at powerhouses like Kentucky, Duke and Kansas in the names of Julius Randle, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, respectively, but have you heard of Aaron Gordon? Gordon is an absolute scoring machine that has the potential to be a top-five pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, if he so chooses. Not only can the slashing forward get buckets, but he rebounds better than most guys at his position.
The 6-foot-9 forward from San Jose, CA is a guy that not many people outside of die-hard Wildcat and college basketball fans know of, but that does not mean he should be forgotten. Gordon has gotten a double-double in each game this season (13 points and 10 boards against Cal Poly and 14 points and 10 boards against Long Beach State), and looks to take the PAC-12 Conference by force.
The Arizona Wildcats love this kid, and are expecting a big season in coach Sean Miller’s fifth season at the helm. Miller is going to use Gordon in a way that best suits his style of play — all over the floor. Gordon can score from anywhere he chooses; he is one of the best bets to score and a go-to guy late in a game when a team needs a score.
The best team he has played all year, the San Diego State Aztecs, is a veteran group that has had some turnover success in the NBA; recent drafted players include Kawhi Leonard and Jamaal Franklin. Coach Mike Fisher has turned this Aztec program around as of late, and provided Gordon his best competition to date.
On the night, Gordon had 16 points and eight rebounds to go along with two assists, three steals and two blocks. He was also 2-for-2 from three-point land and 7-of-12 from the floor. Certainly, Gordon will face better competition in the PAC-12, but the Aztecs are a pesky bunch that can rebound and defend better than anyone in the country.
Arizona has a legitimate chance at a Final Four run, and with guys like Gordon and Nick Johnson (23 points), the Wildcats are primed and ready for the PAC-12.