Apr 18, 2013 12:00 AM
TUCSON - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller announced Wednesday that Aaron Gordon has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. Gordon is expected to enroll in July.
A 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from San Jose, Calif., Gordon is ranked as the No. 3 overall recruit by rivals.com, and the No. 4 overall prospect in the Class of 2013 by espn.com. He averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.1 blocked shots per game as a senior this year for Archbishop Mitty High School.
Gordon led Mitty to a 28-6 record in 2012-13 and runner-up finish in the CIF Open Division championship after winning state titles in 2011 and 2012. He earned Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball honors as a junior and senior, becoming just the 10th player in history to win the award in consecutive seasons.
He appeared in both the McDonald's High School All-America Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, helping his West squad to wins in both contests. Gordon was named most valuable player of the April 3 McDonald's game, tallying 24 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes. He totaled three points, three boards and an assist in the April 12, Jordan Brand Classic.
A three-time San Jose Mercury-News Player of the Year, Gordon earned a gold medal for the USA at the FIBA Americas U-16 Championship. He has also participated in the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2011 and 2012.
"We are excited to welcome Aaron Gordon into our basketball family," said Miller. "Aaron is the ultimate winner. He has won multiple California state championships, which speaks for itself. He is also a great teammate, incredibly unselfish, and a relentless competitor. His inclusion to a recruiting class that features Elliott Pitts, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, T.J. McConnell, and Matt Korcheck brings an exciting new cast to our 2013-14 roster."
Miller and the Arizona coaching staff signed two student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent as part of the November early signing period. Hollis-Jefferson (F, 6-7, 215) from Chester, Pa., who attends Chester H.S.; and Pitts (G, 6-5, 180) from Dublin, Calif., who preps at De La Salle H.S.; help make up a three-man class that is ranked No. 5 nationally by espn.com.
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics