Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty High School, Cal.) is one of the best players the 2013 class has to offer and PointGuardU.com caught up with Gordon on Sunday after his unofficial visit to Arizona.
“I got in on Friday,” Gordon told PGU. “The visit went really well. I saw the campus and I liked the overall atmosphere. I talked to the coaches and players a lot. I was even able to get some shots up.”
Unofficial visits are a chance for recruits to see college campuses, but they are also an opportunity for coaches to get some valuable face time with players and their families. Coaches often use that time to explain their system and program, and let players know how they will fit in.
“I like the style of offense they play and I like Sean Miller as coach,” Gordon to PGU. “Coach Miller told me I would fit in really well and he compared me to Blake Griffin. He said they will be losing a lot of guys my freshman year so I would have a big spot to fill.”
Gordon was accompanied by his mother, who was also thought highly of the University of Arizona.
“She was impressed,” said Gordon. “She says Arizona is a good program.”
Establishing a good relationship with Gordon’s family is key for Arizona’s recruitment. Especially because the Gordon family has a great relationship with Romar from Drew Gordon’s recruitment. Drew ultimately chose UCLA, but if he could do it again he would probably have picked Washington. Thus far, it appears Sean Miller and Lorenzo Romar are the most active in recruiting Gordon.
Gordon also told PGU more about his game and his conversation with Sean Miller.
“I can play the 3 and 4, but I think just being a 4 limits my talent. I can play pretty well on the perimeter,” Gordon explained. “I grew up as a point guard before I shot up. So I can handle the ball, and my jump shot is coming along too.”
Most schools are trying to get recruits to attend their midnight madness (or similar season kick off). But Gordon has no plans yet to attend the events of any schools. Gordon will visit Washington in near future to get a better idea of what each school offers.
“I’ve got to see other schools before I can compare Arizona to them,” Gordon told PGU. “But I liked what I saw and the weather was perfect.”
Gordon plays for the high flying Oakland Soldiers, who are now being viewed by many as a pipeline to Arizona for recruits. Arizona landed Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson last year. And most recently, Arizona secured the the prized commitment of Brandon Ashley. Sean Miler has obviously made quite an impression on the whole Soldier’s program, and is heavily recruiting Jabari Bird as well.
“I hung around with Nick the whole time and saw Josiah too,” said Gordon. “Nick told me he couldn’t be at a better place.”
Because Gordon is good friends with current players, he had a lot of positive things to say about Arizona.
“Obviously Arizona is a great school since everyone is deciding to go there,” said Gordon. “The program is attracting a lot of people. I really like what they have done down there, and it’s only going to get better with Josiah, Nick, and Brandon.”
Gordon is mostly known for his rim rocking dunks, but he has been working hard this summer on his all around game. Gordon is a consensus top 10 player in the 2013 class, and we have seen him rated as high as number one by certain scouts. Gordon, along with Jabari Bird, are top priorities for Arizona in the 2013 class.
And by all accounts his visit to Arizona was a success for him and the coaching staff.