Aaron Gordon Will Lead Arizona to NCAA Championship

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIApril 3, 2013

Photo credit: 247Sports.com
Photo credit: 247Sports.com

The Arizona Wildcats have landed stud recruit Aaron Gordon, according to Dave Telep of ESPN. He's a star player with top NBA potential and will lead Arizona to a NCAA championship next season.

The 6'8", 210-pound Gordon is a forward who can score in multiple ways. He averaged 21.6 points per game, along with 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks, his senior season of high school.

Gordon thinks he's the missing piece for the Wildcats (via ESPN):

I love it. I'm not trying to be conceited or cocky, but I'm not the type of player that can afford to be left on the bench. I don't know what specifically I'll do for you, but I'm going to produce numbers, points, blocks. Having a huge frontcourt, that would push me out (to the small forward position). I think I'll be too big for 3s and 2s and too fast for 4s and 5s.

Self-confidence aside, he is a difference-maker who some have compared to Blake Griffin (via ESPN):

The 6-foot-8 Gordon draws comparisons to a high school version of Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin. Gordon is one of the strongest, most explosive forwards in the Class of 2013. He consistently impacts games and his motor runs at a high level.

Gordon will be joining a stacked Wildcats team. In addition to him, the Wildcats will bring back top 2012 recruits in forwards Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett and center Kaleb Tarczewski. Tarczewski led Arizona with 6.1 rebounds per game in only 20 minutes of play. With increased minutes, he should bring down double-digit boards.

They will also bring in 2013 McDonald's All-American Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who is a star in his own right. 

Gordon will command double-teams and open up more scoring lanes for his teammates. He has shown the ability to pass, and he should find shooters open for three on the wings. That will benefit guard Nick Johnson, who shot 39.3 percent from beyond the arc this past season. 

Gordon is a great defender as well, and he will improve a defense that gave up 89 points to USC. He can block shots and disrupt passing lanes with his length.

Arizona is losing leading scorer Mark Lyons to graduation, but Gordon should be able to make up his 14.8 points per game and more.

For the most part, Arizona's Sweet 16 team is pretty much intact for next season. And now, the Wildcats add Gordon—a highlight waiting to happen. He can play inside and out and gives them a legit star—something they don't currently have.

The Wildcats have an inside presence in Tarczewski, good guard play in Nick Johnson, Jordin Mayes and T.J. McConnell and star players in Gordon and Hollis-Jefferson. It's a recipe for success. 

Arizona played No. 2 seed Ohio State down to the wire and almost made it to the Elite Eight. It has improved on that team greatly. Thus, 2014 should be a banner year for the Wildcats. They have all the ingredients necessary for a championship team: star players, good guard play and a good big man. 

Aaron Gordon is the missing piece for Arizona. He is a top player who will likely be a top pick when he enters the NBA draft. He gives the Wildcats scoring in multiple ways and a player who commands double-teams. With Gordon in tow, the Arizona Wildcats have become the early favorites for the 2014 NCAA title.