Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Aaron Gordon can jump very high
By Eamonn Brennan
Is Aaron Gordon the most under-the-radar elite freshman in the country? We've spent countless words opining on the futures of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and much of the rest of the most talented class of players in a decade or more. We haven't spent a ton of time on Gordon. There are reasons for this beyond the bleats of geographic bias, not least of which is that Gordon committed to Arizona on April 2, back when most of us (or at least yours truly) make the conscious decision to enjoy what basketball we have left and leave the recruiting stuff to the long, arduous summer ahead.
But anyway, now that we're here, it's probably a good time to mention this: Aaron Gordon is going to be really good. Or, at the very least, really entertaining.
Exhibit A comes by way of the below video, taken at USA Basketball's U19 World Championship training camp this week. This is just silly:
Yes, it's just a quick clip from U19 training camp, but still -- there aren't too many people who can do what Gordon does in those fractional seconds between the lob and the end of the play. Not just in college basketball. There aren't too many people in the world who can finish like that.
Some of Gordon's less heralded status might come as a product of him being seen as more raw than Wiggins, Parker, and Randle, the only players he trails in the ESPN 100. Indiana prospect Noah Vonleh has had some of this going on too; he's been a top 10 or top 15 prospect throughout his recruitment, but has drawn much less attention, because his high ranking has long had more to do with immense potential than current actualized basketball skill. But with Gordon, we should be careful not to overstate the case. His game might have a few rough edges to sand off, but his combination of athleticism and effort are unmatched. At the very least, he's going to make the Wildcats must-see viewing. As baselines go, that's pretty great.