Aaron Gordon is the next Blake Griffin

By Robert White
Brian Spurlock-McDonalds

The college basketball world only has a short amount of time before a star recruit from the class of 2013, Aaron Gordon, makes his college decision, and whichever school ends up with his commitment will be receiving the next Blake Griffin.

Gordon announced on Monday his decision date will coincide with the McDonald’s All-American game on April 3. Just four schools remain in contention — Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington — and each is obviously eager to land the young power forward that could have a greater collegiate impact than NBA superstar Griffin did as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners.

The two possess strikingly similar games and measurements — Gordon’s 6-foot-8, 207-pound frame compares favorably to Griffin’s at the same age. His leaping ability is incredibly impressive and is at least in the conversation with Griffin’s awe-inspiring explosiveness and his body has already begun to fill out, unlike many of the skin and bone big men who struggle to adjust to the size increases of the college and professional games.

In addition, Gordon has a fantastic first step that will prove to be a huge advantage scoring at the next level.

While Griffin wasn’t as highly-recruited as class rivals Kevin Love and Michael Beasley due to his reliance on strength and athleticism, Gordon has an already developed set of skills that put him ahead of where Griffin was at the same point of his career.

He displays impressive fundamentals and possesses skills not commonly associated with a lot of big men. Gordon can knock down open jump shots, something Griffin has struggled with up until this point of his professional career, and his ball handling is good enough to make him a threat from the perimeter.

As impressive is his basketball intellect and attitude. Gordon’s maturity on the court is ahead of many of his peers and he loves to play team basketball, often making the extra pass in order to get teammates into the game.

Aaron Gordon isn’t without the fault — he still needs to work on his jumper and post game — but the Archbishop Mitty star is all set to star in the college game and beyond.

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