Consensus High School All-American Aaron Gordon signed a National Letter of Intent with the Arizona Wildcats to play basketball for the 2013 – 2014 season. The San Jose Archbishop Mitty 6’8″ senior forward led his team to two California State championships and one runner-up finish in the 2013 Open Division.
Gordon could have played his final year of high school at powerhouse prep schools, but chose to stay at Mitty to try to win a third State title with his teammates, some of whom have been friends since grade school. The fact that they ultimately failed in their quest for a third consecutive title doesn’t diminish Gordon’s character, integrity, and loyalty to his teammates.
Gordon, a two-time California Mr. Basketball, recently won the Most Valuable Player award of the McDonald’s All-American game, an event showcasing the nation’s best high school talent. One of the most coveted players in the country, Gordon had narrowed his choice of colleges down to Kentucky, Washington, and Arizona before choosing the Arizona Wildcats during an announcement after the McDonald’s game.
Washington was allegedly his top early choice due to the friendship between head coach Lorenzo Romar and Gordon’s father, Ed Gordon. Kentucky’s bid for Gordon came on strong later due to UK’s 2012 NCAA championship run, and head coach John Calipari’s history of developing NBA talent.
But in the end, Arizona’s reputation as the top program in the West won Gordon over. He also has two former Oakland Soldiers AAU teammates currently on Arizona’s squad; Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley.
Family and teammates–that clinched it for Aaron Gordon.