2013 phenom Aaron Gordon, who was previously one of the two highest rated uncommitted recruits in the country, announced his intent to play for Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats.
Gordon made the announcement from the McDonald’s All-American event in Chicago, IL. Gordon joins Wildcat commit Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the festivities, marking the fourth McDonald’s All-American to choose Arizona in the last two years.
“I’m really excited about it, it was a long process,” Gordon said. “I’m just happy to be a Wildcat, and I can’t wait to see what we can do next year.”
The 2013 forward chose Arizona over Kentucky, Oregon, and Washington.
“Arizona is a great program, and the group of guys is really talented,” Gordon said. “We’re going to have a lot of weapons.”
“It was the decision I felt most comfortable with at the end of the day,” he added. “It was the combination of the coaching, the program, there were a lot of factors that went into it.”
Gordon, of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA, is a 6-8 hybrid forward. Capable of playing multiple positions, Gordon is also arguably the most athletic prep player in the country. Known for his thunderous dunks, he averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 3.5 blocks per game his senior season.
Adding a player of Gordon’s caliber to what is already a stacked roster has raised expectations to new heights for fans. But Gordon keeps a more down to earth attitude about expectations in the future.
“I’m looking forward to my freshman season, I want to be ready to contribute and help the team get where we’re trying to go,” Gordon said. “I’m going to come in and work hard everyday, whatever it takes to win games.”
Like current Wildcats Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley, Gordon also played AAU basketball for the illustrious Oakland Soldiers, one of the most dominant clubs on the Nike EYBL circuit.
“Yeah, I’ve known some of those guys on the team for a long time, just playing with and against each other over the years,” Gordon said of his relationship with Johnson and Ashley. “A lot of the guys on the team played on the west coast.”
With how loaded Arizona’s 2013-14 roster is shaping up to be, some have wondered where exactly Gordon fits in and whether he would slot into the starting lineup immediately. Those are questions that won’t be answered until practice starts, but it’s a problem that other teams would love to have. Whether he starts or what position he plays doesn’t matter — he’s going to see significant playing time.
“Like I said, I’m not worried about anything like that, I’m just going to work hard and try to get better every day,” Gordon said. “We have a lot of talented guys and we want to win as much as possible.”