Arizona-Arizona State Rivalry Game Hosts Aaron Gordon’s Coming Out Party

By John Lloyd
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There is no better time to improve your legacy than against your bitter rivals. The Arizona Wildcats’ freshman sensation, Aaron Gordon, did just that against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Gordon was 7-for-12 from the field, scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. However, his lack of range is troublesome for the Wildcats.

Not only does he struggle from beyond the arc, but he missed some clutch free throws down the stretch. He was 2-for-6 from the line, something NBA scouts will consider when their team is picking in the draft this season.

However, Gordon will be more than a scorer at the next level — he is a glass-eating rebound monster and a great, long and versatile defender. He is part of a defensive unit that has dominated the realms of not only the Pac-12 Conference, but the rest of college basketball.

There is no doubt that Gordon is an elite talent and we, as college basketball watchers, have waited for a game that he took over on both ends of the court. He did that against the Wildcats’ most-hated rival, the Sun Devils.

Can the Wildcats stay undefeated and cut down the nets at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas? If Gordon can keep his pace scoring the rock, there is no doubt that they should be the unanimous favorite to do so.

John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII

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