Kentucky Basketball: Forward Aaron Gordon Has Wildcats in Final List of Three

Jon HancockSenior Analyst INovember 16, 2012

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Aaron Gordon, a 6'8" forward from San Jose, Calif., has narrowed his list to three colleges, according to Adam Zagoria of His list now includes Washington, Arizona and Kentucky.

Gordon took an official visit to Kentucky last week.

Gordon's head coach at Archbishop Mitty, Tim Kennedy, told Ben Roberts of about how Kentucky head coach John Calipari has recruited his star senior:

I think he’s very up front with guys and lets them know that he’s going to take care of you and you’re going to become better. He goes through what it’s going to entail being a Kentucky basketball player. And it’s definitely something that, as a basketball player, is appealing. You have all of the facilities. You have the great fanbase. You’re going to be playing on the biggest stage.

The 5-star prospect is considered the second-best small forward and the seventh-best player in the 2013 class by said of Gordon:

A versatile and unique four-man, Gordon is a very good defender, who specializes in rebounding and starting the break by pushing the ball up the court. He's got a very good frame that should make him a strong player in college and is a terrific athlete who competes every possession.

Last year Gordon averaged 22.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in his his junior year at Archbishop Mitty. He also led his team to victory with 33 points and 20 rebounds in last season's California state championship game.

Gordon, who has a 2.9 GPA, has been open about how he doesn't want to spend more than two years playing in college before declaring for the NBA. With John Calipari's success developing freshmen for the next level this could be the one major factor if Gordon picks the Wildcats.

The talented high school senior hasn't been very vocal about his recruitment and seems to be taking the process slowly. At this time he seems to be leaning toward a spring decision.

Kentucky already has the top recruiting class for 2013 with James Young, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis.

Five-star prospect Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins also have Kentucky on their lists.

Some believe this is already Calipari's best recruiting class yet, but the addition of one more elite recruit would probably make this the most talented recruiting class of all time.


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