After leading the United States to a gold medal in the U19 FIBA World Championships and earning Most Valuable Player honors, Aaron Gordon’s legend – and renowned dunking abilities – has grown to international levels.
The soon-to-be Arizona freshman only scored six points in helping his country defeat Serbia 82-68 in the championship match but delivered the game’s defining moment when he forefully slammed home a one handed alley-oop in the fourth quarter.
Plagued with foul trouble, Gordon spent much of the game on the bench. Nonetheless, he still finished the tournament with a team high 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
That was more than enough to win him the MVP, although Gordon didn’t think he would even make the all-tournament team.
“I was surprised when I was named all-tournament and once I got all-tournament I thought ‘hey maybe I can get MVP too, here,’” said Gordon in an interview with USA Basketball.
Once Gordon returns back to home soil, he will quickly settle in to college life before summer practices heat up. The only difference between him and the typical incoming freshman will be the gold medal hanging in his room.