Aaron Gordon, the 7th-ranked recruit for the 2013 class, has narrowed his college choices down to three schools – Kentucky, Arizona, and Washington – but isn’t in any hurry to decide. The offers aren’t going anywhere as a player of his caliber can afford to make his own timeline. It’s likely Gordon won’t commit until the spring as he said he wanted to watch the first couple months of the college season to make a better-informed decision. “Coaches always tell you how they like players to fit in on the court,” Gordon said. “But I want to see if they actually do what they say. I want to see how they use versatile players on their team, because I think that’s the way I play.”
Versatile is right. Gordon is without a doubt one of the most versatile prospects in the country. The 6’8″, 220 pound senior from San Jose, CA has the size and strength of a power forward but his quickness, jump shot, and passing skills allow him to easily adapt into a 3-man on the floor. He’s a force to be reckoned with in the paint as he blocks shots and cleans up on the boards, but he can also ignite the crowd on the offensive end by jumping through the roof and throwing down electric dunks.
As a sophomore at Arch Bishop Mitty High School, Gordon averaged 16.4 ppg, 12.5 rpg and 3.6 blocks per game while leading Mitty High School to their first ever Division II state title. Last season, as a junior, Gordon put up 22.9 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 2.6 assists per game, 2.3 blocks per game, and again led the way as Mitty took home their second straight state title.
All three programs have their own advantages when it comes to landing Gordon’s services. Lorenzo Romar, coach of the Washington Huskies, grew up in the same neighborhood as Gordon’s father and the two families have remained close over the years. Aaron has two former AAU teammates playing for Arizona, and everyone knows about John Calipari’s reputation for producing NBA talent in Kentucky. At the end of the day I expect Gordon to wind up wearing a Wildcat jersey, but not a blue and white one, especially if Kentucky is successful in landing Julius Randle, who is the only other power forward ranked in front of Gordon. Arizona seems to be an all-around good fit for Gordon. It’s close to home, his friends and former teammates, have been able to give him the inside scoop on the program. His versatility will be utilized, and he seems to be fond of head coach Sean Miller.
“It’s kind of become the premier program in the West,” said Aaron’s mother, Shelly Davis Gordon. “Sean Miller is an up-and-coming coach. What you see is what you get with him, and Aaron likes that.”