Head Coach Shaka Smart Calls Aaron Gordon "Best Pressing Forward I've Seen"

By Dave Daniels
Aaron Gordon
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Shaka Smart was recently an assistant to Billy Donovan on the gold-medal winning FIBA USA U-19 team. Smart got to know many of the players quite intimately, and he was particularly impressed with Aaron Gordon.

Smart called Gordon the “best pressing forward I’ve seen” to ESPN’s Andy Katz. “He’s a high-motor guy. He catches lob dunks and flies. He’ll have an immediate impact and help the team win at a high level.”

Gordon was named to the All Tournament team and he now has a gold medal on his resume. He has been compared to Blake Griffin, but we will just have to see about that one.

Andy Katz called him the “real deal” and we will just have to see in the Pac 12 next year.

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