After much deliberation and talk with his teammates, coaches and family, Aaron Gordon has decided to leave the Arizona Wildcats and declare for the NBA draft after just one season with the program. While this comes as a surprise to no one, the talented, athletic forward could have used one more year in the college game to hone his skills.
Arizona’s Aaron Gordon reportedly has decided to go pro. Not a surprise. Nick Johnson & Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s decisions will be big. — Doug Haller (@DougHaller) April 14, 2014
Standing 6-foot-9 and weighing in at a solid 225 pounds, Gordon has the body that an NBA team would want and I compare him to a smaller Blake Griffin.
Once Gordon fills out a bit more, he will be on the same type of level as Griffin because he is athletic and could use some touch on his jumpers and free throws. While he is a solid producer with a wealth of potential, Gordon could have used one more year to improve those areas of play and improve his draft stock to maybe even a top-five pick.
Shooting 42 percent from the free throw line won’t cut it at the next level and developing touch on his shot will be much tougher as he is going to have to learn everything else on the run at a fast-paced level in the NBA.
Time will tell just how successful he will be in his first few years in the league, but my guess would be that he will need two years of maturing in the league before he sees success.
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