Rondae Jefferson Signs with Arizona Wildcats: Is There Room for Aaron Gordon?

Doug Brodess@DougbrodessCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2012


Arizona super-recruiter/head coach Sean Miller is at it again.

Thursday evening, he secured the commitment of another 5-star recruit, Rondae Jefferson, David Telep of ESPN Recruiting Nation is reporting.

Jefferson is a hybrid wing who has the necessary skills to play any of the three perimeter positions. 

He will give the Wildcats another elite-level prospect and adds a new dimension to a team that will be absolutely stacked with frontcourt talent.

CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish tweeted, “Sean Miller is building a monster.”

In his 2012 haul, Miller brought in three 5-star recruits who are each 6'8" or taller.

The Cats already have a rising sophomore shot-blocker, Angelo Chol (6'9", 220 pounds; No. 2 on the all-time high school shot blocking list, with 1,120 blocks), returning and a 6'9" JUCO transfer, Matt Korcheck, who will be eligible in 2013-14.

Who's next on Miller's "to-get" list?

If Aaron Gordon isn't at the top, he's close.

According to Pras Murthy of Pointguardu.com, "Arizona coaches Sean Miller, Book Richardson, and Joe Pasternack visited Aaron Gordon and his family [Monday] to discuss his potential role with the Wildcats."

Gordon, an über-athletic combo forward, is ESPN.com's No. 6 player in the class of 2013.

ESPN's scouting report on him says it all:

When it comes to effort and bounce there are few prospects that can compete with Gordon. The ultra-bouncy 4/3 has an evolving offensive game, great hands, and a contagious competitive spirit. He is relentless around the paint area getting numerous tip-ins and dunks.

The question that needs to be answered is not whether Arizona should recruit Gordon. The question is this: "Will there be enough playing time available for him to want to commit too?"

With versatile players like Jefferson and Gordon who can play multiple positions, you have lots of options when it comes to lineup flexibility.

If Miller wanted to "go Big," he could consider playing Jefferson at the 2 and Gordon at the 3.

Eventually, Gordon (6'7", 215 pounds) will need to demonstrate his ability to play the SF when NBA scouts evaluate him for the next level. So, why not work in that direction when it comes to where to utilize him at the U of A?

The Seattle Times' Percy Allen indicated that "Gordon has announced he'll make official visits to Oregon (Sept. 21), Washington (Sept. 28), Kansas (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 19)."

Gordon's Arizona visit coincides with the Wildcat's Red-Blue Game (pre-season intersquad scrimmage...A big deal every year!).

There is a good chance that he may also take an official visit to Kentucky at some point before making his final decision.

How Gordon or a player of his caliber evaluates coming into a situation like Arizona depends greatly on whether he wants to be the focal point of the program. 

If the San Jose native is looking for that kind of role, coming to Tucson is not going to work. Miller is recruiting too much talent for anyone to think that he will be the sole focus of the team.

On top of that, Miller's approach, regardless of Arizona's depth, is intensely team oriented. He utilizes lots of players in his rotation.

But, if Gordon wants to be a part of what could be the most talented 2013-14 team in the country, he should seriously consider Miller's offer and commit to Arizona.


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