Archbishop Mitty‘s Aaron Gordon made a lot of highlight reel plays during the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., but the Monarchs could not keep up with Lone Peak (Utah). Peak is the nation’s third-ranked team. Of all of Gordon’s highlights, no play was better than this one:
Gordon played all 32 minutes on the way to 27 points and 12 rebounds.
“That’s just his makeup,” Archbishop Mitty coach Tim Kennedy said. “He’s a total competitor, goes 100 percent all the time. He just has that drive.”
Gordon has taken a solid approach to his recruitment as well. He narrowed his list early, which eliminated a lot of extra hubbub.
“He’s mature beyond his years,” Kennedy said. “He cut it down to three pretty quickly, so it hasn’t been a crazy circus with 100 coaches calling. He’s been in control of it the entire time.”
Some compared the plays Gordon is capable of with Blake Griffin.
“I haven’t seen anyone do what Aaron Gordon is doing since Blake Griffin,” said Dave Telep ESPN’s basketball analyst.
Gordon may take exception to that though; he recently re-tweeted a post about him being a more complete player than Griffin.
Don’t be fooled just cuz he can throw down, Aaron Gordon (@_ag_32) is not “The Next Blake Griffin” He’s Aaron Gordon, he’s a complete player
— Timothy Murray (@TM_Hoops) January 23, 2013
He’ll have to back up that re-tweet over the next couple years, but the potential is still there. Maybe we can see Gordon and Griffin play against each other one day.