Aaron Gordon and Arizona Wildcats Will Be Favorites to Win NCAA Title in 2014
The Arizona Wildcats landed 5-star recruit Aaron Gordon, who will thrust this team into the national spotlight in 2014 as NCAA championship favorites.
Gordon announced his commitment to Arizona on Tuesday, April 2, one day before the McDonald's All-American game, per Josh Gershon of Fox Sports:
Aaron Gordon has announced his commitment to Arizona.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) April 2, 2013
Sean Miller's ever-improving squad nearly defeated Ohio State in the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA tournament. They ended up losing by three points, thanks to a last-second three-point shot made by LaQuinton Ross.
Gordon was one of the hottest recruits available heading into the 2014 season. As a senior, he averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.1 assists per game for Archbishop Mitty High School.
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.
Along with the Gordon, Arizona will see forwards Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett and center Kaleb Tarczewski return for another season in 2014. This incredible group of big men will dominate the glass on a nightly basis and force plenty of awkward shots.
Gordon will likely slide into the starting lineup as the team's small forward in place of Solomon Hill, who played his last season for the Wildcats in 2013. Fellow incoming freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson—a highly touted recruit in his own right—will likely be Gordon's backup.
With Nick Johnson returning for his junior season, there isn't a single hole in Arizona's roster.
This squad is primed and ready for a phenomenal season in 2014.
On paper, the Wildcats feature a peerless roster in terms of raw talent, and if Miller can get his young talent to play well together, the sky is the limit to what this team can accomplish next year.
Head coach Miller has already proven he has what it takes to get the most out of his players, posting a record of 80-28 in his three years at Arizona.
This program is on its way up, and the addition of Gordon to its roster for the 2014 season heralds a potential national championship for the Wildcats next season.
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