The Arizona Wildcats have officially secured the commitment from Aaron Gordon, one of the most talented, athletic, versatile, high-energy high school players in the 2013 class.
The 5-star forward out of San Jose, Calif., announced his decision Tuesday just hours before partaking in the McDonald's All-American Game. Josh Gershon of Fox Sports has the news:
Josh Gershon @JoshGershon
Aaron Gordon has announced his commitment to Arizona.4/2/2013, 4:40:09 PM
ProBasketballDraft also captured this image, via Twitter:
Wildcats http://t.co/2vuVPC92A74/2/2013, 4:40:50 PM
According to Matt May of CatsPause.com, Gordon had selected Arizona a month ago:
Matt May @MattMayKY
Gordon says he actually committed to Arizona a month ago. Was difficult to keep quiet.4/2/2013, 4:42:41 PM
Gordon, who is projected as a top-five pick in the 2014 NBA draft, will likely only be at the collegiate level for a year, but what a year it will be.
At 6'8", 210 pounds, Gordon displays a leaping ability that big men really aren't supposed to have. The combination of size and an invisible trampoline always under his feet make not only for some powerful, awe-inspiring throwdowns, but also point to a player capable of averaging double-digit rebounds at the next level.
But stars with size and athleticism have come around before. What often separates the potentially great ones from the productively great ones is energy level and passion.
Gordon has both of those in bundles.
Despite being leaps and bounds better than most of his opponents on the high school level, Gordon, much like his older brother Drew did at New Mexico, is constantly chasing down loose balls, attacking the glass for every available rebound and doing the little things to help win games.
In that regard, he has, as they like to say, an unbelievable motor.
Throw in the ability to handle the ball along with already refined passing skills, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the young superstar move between the 3 and 4 next year.
Gordon is "only" ranked as the sixth-best recruit in the country by 247Sports, but his unique blend of size, explosiveness, versatility, polish and, most importantly, will to win suggest he is going to immediately enter the mix for college hoops' top player.