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.