Well, well, well. The Arizona Wildcats are now playing with fire. Aaron Gordon, fourth ranked player in the 2013 college basketball recruiting class, committed to the Wildcats and thinks he can take them over the top.
“I hope to be the X-factor,” Gordon told ESPN.
He announced the decision at McDonald’s All American Games media day. Gordon averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.1 assists per game his senior season. For Gordon, the decision was based on the talent on Arizona’s team as well as the coaching.
“What they have is a really, really loaded frontcourt, so that would make us so big, and they have a very experienced backcourt as well,” Gordon said. “They lose three of their seniors, three of their main scorers. Sean Miller’s a really good coach. I love it. I’m not trying to be conceited or cocky, but I’m not the type of player that can afford to be left on the bench. I don’t know what specifically I’ll do for you, but I’m going to produce numbers, points, blocks. Having a huge frontcourt, that would push me out (to the small forward position). I think I’ll be too big for 3s and 2s and too fast for 4s and 5s.”
Gordon will be a nightmare matchup at the college basketball level and it will be interesting to see how Sean Miller uses him.