[COLOR=#7A7A7A]By Jonah Puls
Aaron Gordon (2013) is a 6’7″ power forward being recruited by some of the highest level programs in college basketball. As Gordon’s junior year is coming to a close, his list has been narrowed to five schools.
“My top five are Washington, Oregon, Kentucky, Arizona, and Kansas.”
With Gordon being from San Jose, California, many consider in-state Washington to have an advantage. That speculation may be true.
“I would say my favorite at this point is probably Washington just because I have a good relationship with the coaches,” Gordon explained.
But, as he stated, there is still plenty of time for a new favorite to sneak in.
“Everybody has a decent shot because I’m probably not going to decide until after my senior season. Oregon, Washington, and Arizona are probably recruiting me the hardest right now, though.”
Coach Calipari has been the main recruiter on Gordon and says he’s receiving medium-level interest. He thinks very highly of Coach Cal and the entire Kentucky basketball program.
“All five of UK’s starters are going to ‘The Leauge’ so that intrests me. I don’t know how much UK needs me though. They can pretty much have all the best players in the country.
“But I do like what Calapari is doing over there. It’s really up-tempo and it gives the players a chance to really shine. Coach Cal just knows how to win. It’s a very good program. They said anytime I want to come to Kentucky I can.”
Gordon plans to take it easy with the visits in the foreseeable future, but that won’t last long.
“No visits anytime soon. But I’m going to take all five of my official visits at some point. One of those will probably be to Kentucky.”
Gordon plays AAU ball for the Oakland Soldiers. But due to a fractured toe, he is sidelined four weeks and hasn’t had a chance to play an AAU game so far. No specific accident occurred to cause the fracture; it occurred just from playing on it too much. Gordon isn’t worried the injury will have any impact in the future.
“I think it will be fine. I just need to stay off it and let it heal and it’ll be good to go.”
Gordon is ranked No. 4 overall prospect in the 2013 class. He is long, athletic, and boasts great posts moves. Although he may not appear extremely muscular, he also finishes well around the rim. Gordon shared a little perspective on his game.
“My game is based on mismatches. If the defender is my size or bigger I can blow by him with my quickness, but if the defender is smaller I can post him up and get buckets all day.”
He also gave a very interesting comparison to his style of play.
“I can see myself in the future–after I really polish my game–as a little more athletic Scottie Pippen.”
Kentucky will likely need to add some depth in the front court, so expect its recruitment of Gordon to pick up soon. Nation of Blue will keep you updated on his recruitment.[/COLOR][/LEFT]