Posted by Jeff Borzello
HAMPTON, Va. – Aaron Gordon is never the focal point on the AAU circuit.
Last July, Gordon was injured for most of the NIKE Peach Jam and the Las Vegas events. Now, he is overshadowed by 2012 top-10 prospect Brandon Ashley and a host of high-major talents on the Oakland Soldiers.
Nevertheless, Gordon has managed to cement himself as a top-15 player in the class of 2013. He went for 18 points and 12 rebounds against the Arkansas Wings on Friday at the Boo Williams Elite Youth Basketball League.
Gordon is extremely aggressive offensively, attacking the offensive glass on nearly every possession. He is always looking to drive to the rim, whether catching it in transition and finishing or dunking on an opponent off an offensive rebound.
On one highlight-reel play, the Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) led the fast break before crossing over a defender and then finishing with a two-handed dunk.
Looking at his lineage, though, Gordon’s talents shouldn’t come as much of a surprise: he is the younger brother of New Mexico standout Drew Gordon.
Another not-so-surprising tidbit – New Mexico is one of two schools standing out for the younger Gordon right now.
“I like how they get up and down,” Gordon said.
The other favorite on Gordon’s list is Washington. “[Lorenzo] Romar’s my boy,” he said of the Huskies’ head coach.
Arizona and Kansas are two of the other schools under consideration by Gordon at this point.