Being rated as a 5-star recruit puts a prospective college basketball player on the fast track to a great career, but the praise comes at a price. Five-star freshmen face enormous expectations, and sometimes—whether they're stuck behind returning stars or need to adjust to the pace of the college game—even the best aren’t ready to excel right away.
One big name who faces a particularly tough road next season is Arizona’s Aaron Gordon. The high-flying forward lit up the McDonald’s All-America Game, but he’s joining a deep frontcourt whose best players have had to wait their turn to carry the team after being anointed as 2012’s prized recruits.
Read on for more on the challenge facing Gordon and the rest of ESPN’s 5-star prospects for the 2013 class, with an eye to whether each of them will play up to the expectations that come with the 5-star label.