Thursday, January 24, 2013
How UW would use Gordon
By Matt Giles
Aaron Gordon is still in the midst of his college process. The 6-foot-8 forward has narrowed his options to three schools -- Arizona, Washington, and Kentucky -- but there is no concrete timetable for when the highly-regarded big will actually decide and commit to a program.
If he does ultimately choose Washington, one of UW's 2013 commits deserves partial praise for advancing the Huskies' merits in Gordon's mind. Nigel Williams-Goss signed with UW last spring, and during the recent Hoophall Classic, he spoke with ESPN's Phil Murphy about the sales pitch he is using to sway Gordon: "He is a good friend of mine ... we're so up tempo, we create a lot of possessions [and] we run."
Normally, Williams-Goss would be right that Washington likes to push the pace and use transition buckets to fuel their offense, but this season Lorenzo Romar and his staff has severely curtailed the pace. Per Ken Pomeroy, UW is only using 64 possessions in Pac-12 play, so it will be interesting if the pace will quicken when Williams Goss -- and potentially Gordon -- arrive in Seattle.