Five-star forward Aaron Gordon made a smart decision by choosing Arizona as his future home, and he’s showing the Wildcats exactly what they already knew—Gordon is a tremendous player.
In fact, the 6’8” forward is so good that he outshined the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night in earning MVP honors for the contest, as Daniel Martin of NBC Sports points out with this tweet:
Aaron Gordon named MVP of McDonald's All-American Game.— Daniel Martin (@DanielJMartin_) April 4, 2013
Gordon led all scorers with 24 points, impressing with several displays of high-flying athleticism and incredible dunking ability (per San Jose Mercury-News). No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins has stolen the headlines recently, but Gordon made his case for future superstar candidacy on the biggest stage of his young career.
The hybrid forward chose to play college ball next season at Arizona, despite offers from Oregon, Washington and Kentucky—the last of which has already secured commitments from a bevy of top-10 talents.
Had Gordon chosen Kentucky, he would join one of the most gifted recruiting classes in the history of college basketball. But he’d also be just another face in an immensely talented crowd of freshmen. By choosing Arizona, he stands out as a superstar with a team to call his own.
Winning the McDonald’s All-American Game MVP award is a tremendous feat, especially for a player who has been overshadowed in the recruiting hype machine by Wiggins, twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison and 6’9” forward Julius Randle.
Gordon’s performance on Wednesday night proves his potential as both a college and future NBA superstar. Highlight reels and big dunks are impressive, but to put on an incredible show against the best high school talent in the nation is an entirely different story.
Sean Miller already knew his program was getting a great player. Now everyone else knows it, too.