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As one of the most highly-rated recruits Arizona has ever brought in, the expectations put on freshman Aaron Gordon were astronomical. And, frankly, a bit unfair.
While Duke's Jabari Parker and some of the other super freshman are pumping out video game-like statistics, Gordon's numbers look rather pedestrian in comparison: 13.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
But it's not that Gordon has struggled in his first year of college ball. Rather, he's thriving as a part of the Wildcats' system, which under coach Sean Miller isn't designed to have one person do all the scoring. Arizona has six players averaging at least 8.8 points per game, so the production is being spread around.
Gordon has been most impressive on the defensive end, where he's locking down strong opponents and was integral in holding Parker to under 20 points in Arizona's win over Duke. There's still the issue with dreadful free-throw shooting (48.8 percent) to work on, but otherwise, Gordon is right where he's supposed to be at this point.
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