Friday, March 22, 2013
Arizona front-runner for Gordon
By Joe Kaiser
UPDATE: Arizona is the front-runner for power forward Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), the No. 4 ranked recruit in the class of 2013. Gordon is choosing between Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and Kentucky. Gordon has not ruled any of the four schools out, though, as we wrote below, Julius Randle's commitment to UK and the unreal amount of firepower in Lexington may influence Gordon's decision.
In this story, ESPN's Joel Francisco says, "According to our sources, Gordon's recent trip to Arizona has left a lasting impression and has apparently moved the Wildcats into the lead at this stage." He also mentions that, on first glance, the Wildcats appear to be OK in the frontcourt with current forwards Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley on the roster and fellow class of 2013 top 100 player Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Chester, PA/Chester) committing to Arizona as well. Francisco asserts those facts won't play into his decision because Gordon, with the body and skills of a hybrid 4, will compete immediately for a starting spot, even with an already above-average front court in place. Washington is allegedly still the dark horse and can't be ruled out because of Lorenzo Romar's relationship with Gordon's family. Gordon will be announcing his decision at the McDonald's All American Game on April 3rd.
Julius Randle's decision to attend Kentucky next season will give the Wildcats as many as seven highly touted players in what will be an absolutely loaded frontcourt in 2013-14. It also figures to rule out any chances that Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) will end up in Lexington.
Gordon had been considering UK along with Washington, Arizona and Oregon, and now one has to believe it will almost certainly come down to the three Pac-12 schools. Though with Kentucky, you never say never.
Washington was the regarded as the early favorite for Gordon, then whispers were that Arizona may have snuck in front, and then Oregon worked its way into the picture and was a late addition to the race. We'll continue to keep an eye on this until Gordon makes his decision on April 3, but for now it appears to be down to a three-team race.