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Basketball: Aaron Gordon to Arizona

Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty HS-San Jose — perhaps the Bay Area’s best prospect since Jason Kidd — committed this morning to Arizona.

All signs had pointed to the Wildcats for more than a week now, so this was no surprise. The only question was whether Steve Alford’s arrival at UCLA might complicate things. Alford successfully coached Gordon’s older brother, Drew, at New Mexico after he transferred out of UCLA.

Gordon, a 6-foot-8 forward, apparently has been assured by Sean Miller that he will get the chance to play the small forward position vacated by departing senior Solomon Hill.

Combined with PFs 6-8 Brandon Ashley and 6-10 Grant Jarrett and 7-foot C Kaleb Tarczewski, the Cats may boast the nation’s most imposing frontline next season.

Nick Johnson is expected back at SG, leaving only PG as a question after the exit of senior Mark Lyons. 

T.J. McConnell, a transfer from Duquesne University who sat out this season, becomes eligible as a redshirt junior next season and is expected to handle the PG spot. McConnell averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game in 2011-12. Combo guard and senior-to-be Jordin Mayes also is available.

Click here for staff writer Darren Sabredra’s story on Gordon’s decision.

– Gordon will play in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-America game along with Cal signee Jabari Bird of Salesian HS.

The game will be shown live on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Mitchie V

    Oh, Aaron.

    Arizona has a lot of great pieces. I’m believing Jeff’s forecast for next year.

  • Gobears49

    Interesting stat regarding the McDonald’s All-American game — “Every college team to win the NCAA men’s championship since 1978 has had at least one McDonald’s All-American on its roster, except for the 2002 Maryland Terrapins.”

    The link below is the source of the quote above and provides lots of interesting information about the McDonald’s all star game. It does not list all of the players who played in it, but does list several, including Jason Kidd. Not sure who else from Cal, if anyone, played in it. Perhaps others can share that knowledge with us.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald's_All-American_Game

  • Juancho

    Leon powe played in it.

    What id be more interested in is how many mcdonalds all americans played for the oakland soldiers aau team.

  • rotfogel

    Elliot Pitts is going to zona too. Hes really good as well, cats are stacked.

  • rollonubears

    Damn them and their nice weather and hot girls and easy academics!

  • Gobears49

    Just saw the stats for Jabari Bird for the McDonald’s All-American game. Played only 13 minutes (second lowest on the team, but did well, scoring 9 points on 3 for 5 shooting (made his only three point shot) and 2 for 2 for free throws. Had three assists and three rebounds and two turnovers. I casually watched the game and did not hear his name mentioned once.