No player from the Class of 2013 has had a more dynamic last four months than Arizona’s Aaron Gordon.
Back in April, the 6’8” forward from San Jose lowered the boom at the McDonald’s All-American game. He scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds on his way to being named the game’s MVP.
Next, Gordon played up a level for Team USA, averaging 12.6 points, six rebounds and two steals per game. He went from coming off the bench for USA head coach Billy Donovan to being selected as the U19 World Championships’ MVP in Praque.
I agree 100% with Dime’s Sean Sweeney, who says that “Gordon is going to be a highlight beast next year at Arizona.” Get ready to regularly see mind-bending stuff like this from Tucson!
Gordon has stated publicly that he wants to play SF for the Wildcats in 2013-14. Arizona head coach Sean Miller, in responding to the Tucson Citizen’s Anthony Gimino’s question about where Gordon might fit best, Miller said:
It has to do a lot with our current team, who we have. … We happen to have two starters back: Brandon Ashley, who played the four for us, and Kaleb Tarczewski, who played the five. They both as freshmen played a significant role, and they’re going to work even harder to be even better as sophomores. It makes a lot of sense for us to have the ability to play Aaron with those two and in between two guards. I believe in many ways that’s his most natural position, when you consider that he does not get enough credit for what a good defender he is. When you talk about what position a guy plays, everybody thinks offense. Most of the time the deal-breaker is defense. You’d say, ‘I’d love to play him there but he can’t guard the typical small forward.’ In Aaron’s case, that is seamless. Now, it’s about me as the coach helping him play to his strengths, stay away from his weaknesses. … Aaron’s versatility, and we have Rondae Jefferson as well – there are times where (Gordon) is going to be able to play with just one post player with Rondae on the court. (Gordon’s) greatest gift is his versatility.
If he effectively makes the transition to the wing, Gordon will be a front-runner for POY consideration and Arizona will make a serious run at the school’s second NCAA title.