Aaron Gordon: Predicting Where Explosive Forward Will Land
In four days, Aaron Gordon will announce at the McDonald's All American game what school he plans to attend next season.
That means for the next 72 hours or so, three—and maybe even four or five—coaches can keep dreaming.
They can keep praying the No. 5 recruit in the nation will choose them. They can keep hoping one of the best rim attackers on the planet will wear their jersey. They can keep imagining what it would be like to sit back and watch this happen on a daily basis:
According to CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman, the lucky few in the running for Gordon's services include Arizona, Oregon and Washington:
For what it's worth, those out on west coast I spoke to feel that UK not a legitimate player in Aaron Gordon sweepstakes. UW, AZ, Oregon.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 18, 2013
It's worth noting that John Calipari and Kentucky are always in the mix for top recruits—hello, Class of the Century—and new hire Steve Alford, who coached Aaron's brother Drew at New Mexico, should also bring UCLA back into the conversation.
But Kentucky's incoming class is already too crowded, especially with the potential addition of superstar Andrew Wiggins and the unknown future of freshmen like Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Additionally, while Alford already has a relationship with the Gordon family, four days doesn't seem like enough time for UCLA to have a legitimate chance over the favorites, who have been at Gordon's games for the past four years.
Oregon can be eliminated next.
The Ducks are a sneaky option with the always-enticing Nike connection and recent run of success, but it has been a common perception that they haven't been on par with Arizona or Washington.
From there, it comes down to the school that will best prepare Gordon for the NBA, because let's face it—with 6'8" freak of nature athletes who are very reminiscent of some guy named Blake Griffin, the end game is the NBA.
Lorenzo Romar and Sean Miller have had similar success in churning out NBA prospects. Since 2010, the Huskies have sent six players to the NBA (although that includes Justin Dentmon, who went undrafted in 2009), and the Wildcats have sent four.
With no clear advantage there, it comes down to the team that will best allow Gordon to showcase his gaudy skill set.
Where will Gordon end up?
Arizona has a logjam at the forward position with talented, young studs Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and incoming freshman Rondae Jefferson all vying for playing time.
Washington, on the other hand, has some promising forwards in Jernard Jarreau, Shawn Kemp, Jr. and Desmond Simmons, but no one that would come close to threatening Gordon's minutes.
Essentially, the Huskies need him more than the Wildcats do.
Finally, Romar's teams are more apt to push the pace than Miller's, and a fast-paced game is where someone with Gordon's unique talent would truly thrive.
So, pay attention to high school's finest All-Star game on Wednesday night, Husky fans. You'll already be watching for Nigel Williams-Goss, but there's a good chance you can get a look at two future Dawgs.
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