Projecting Aaron Gordon's impact

How will Blake Griffin look-alike fare at Arizona and in the NBA?

Updated: July 22, 2013, 3:14 PM ET
By Fran Fraschilla, Jeff Goodman, Dave Telep | ESPN Insider

Aaron GordonAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhAaron Gordon plays with passion and elite athleticism.

Although the college basketball season is still months away, we're at the point when most incoming freshmen are on campus and working with their new programs. With that in mind, Insider's experts are teaming up this week for the "One Player, Three Ways" series, looking at the top five recruits from the 2013 class in terms of (A) how they stacked up as high school players, (B) how they'll fit with their college teams and (C) how they project as NBA prospects for the 2014 draft.

Today we round out the series with Arizona power forward Aaron Gordon.

Part 1: Who he is, how he's gotten here

Dave Telep: When Blake Griffin was a senior in high school, he was a load in the paint and, obviously, quite the athlete. Aaron Gordon's body style is similar to his, and they share explosiveness as a common trait. For those reasons and others, I'll submit that Gordon is Blake Griffin 2.0. That's a big statement, but Gordon is a big talent.


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