Aaron Gordon’s already lengthy list of accolades grew longer on Tuesday as he was named the 2013 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
The Arizona freshman earned the prestigious title after leading the USA to a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships. On a team that featured a plethora of high school and college stars, Gordon led the way by averaging a team high 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds and was named MVP of the tournament.
“It’s a great honor,” Gordon said in a press release. “USA Basketball is a really good program. I respect everybody associated with USA Basketball, so for them to recognize me as Male Athlete of the Year is an incredible feeling.”
By winning the award, Gordon joins a list of recipients that includes LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Michael Jordan.
Gordon is the first player in Arizona history to win the award. Watch Gordon and head coach Sean Miller talk about the award, as well as highlights from Gordon’s international play in the videos below.