Sources close to UW said the touted high-school senior has decided on a different school, and many believe it will be Arizona. Gordon will announce his decision at Tuesday's McDonald's All-American game.
Six years ago this week, Washington finished second in the recruiting race for Aaron Gordon’s big brother, Drew, who picked UCLA.
It couldn’t happen again, could it?
Gordon, a five-star basketball prospect considered a cross between Blake Griffin and Scottie Pippen, is expected to announce his college decision 9:30 p.m. Tuesday during media day at the McDonald’s All-American game.
Washington is among the four schools that made his shortlist, but barring a last-minute change of heart, the Huskies will finish as a runner-up in the Gordon derby.
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Sources close to the team said last week the UW coaching staff was notified Gordon will not choose Washington.
Several media outlets have speculated Gordon will pick Arizona from a list that also includes Oregon and Kentucky.
“He’s kind of known for a while, but it wasn’t solidified,” said Tim Kennedy, Gordon’s coach at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif. “He wanted to make certain he was making the right decision.”
A few months ago, Washington was considered the leader in the chase for Gordon, who averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks as a senior.
“With the way the Huskies are doing things now and their high-post offense, I can see myself in that system,” Gordon said in December. “It suits me and Lorenzo Romar — he’s a player’s coach.”
Many recruiting analysts believed Washington had an inside track on Gordon because Romar recruited Drew and attended high school with Gordon’s father Ed.
About the same time the Huskies began a late-season decline that culminated with a disappointing finish in the National Invitation Tournament, Gordon’s interest began to shift to Arizona and Oregon, which advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.
“It kind of played out how we thought it would,” Kennedy said. “It’s a tough decision because he’s got four great schools to choose from. He’s not going to go wrong either way he goes.”
At Washington, Gordon would be the centerpiece of a young team. He’d also get to pair with Nigel Williams-Goss, a McDonald’s All-American who is considered one of the top point guards in the country.
At Arizona, Gordon would likely vie with five-star incoming freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for the small forward spot. The Wildcats are loaded on the front line with forwards Grant Jefferson and Brandon Ashley, who were 2012 five-star prospects, center Kaleb Tarczewski and forward Angelo Chol.
At Oregon, Gordon would reunite with freshman point guard Dominic Artis, his former AAU teammate.
There’s little chance Gordon chooses Kentucky, which has seven recruits in what is widely considered the best 2013 recruiting class.
Kennedy also dispelled rumors Gordon is considering UCLA, which will formally introduce new coach Steve Alford on Tuesday.
“The team that gets him is getting an ultra competitor who doesn’t like to lose,” Kennedy said. “He’s a great teammate. He does what ever it takes to win.
“He’ll fill up the stat sheet on the offensive end and do all the little things on the defensive end, like communicate. They’re getting a player with a high basketball IQ.”
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