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Aaron Gordon

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 220
  • Birthdate: 09/16/1995
  • College: Arizona
Round 1: Pick 4
Drafted By: Orlando Magic 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Explosive leaper
  • 7-0 wingspan
  • Good hands
  • Offensive rebounding
  • Good passer
  • Solid defensive fundamentals
  • Smart with the ball/doesn’t commit many turnovers

 

Weaknesses

  • Has to work on post-up skills
  • Needs to get bigger and stronger
  • Poor free-throw shooter

 

NBA projection: Gordon has been projected as a lottery pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Gordon started an Arizona freshman record 38 games and put up solid numbers in his only collegiate season, ranking fourth in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game (2.7), seventh in rebounding, 11th in blocked shots and defensive rebounds per game (5.3), 14th in field-goal percentage and 22nd in scoring. He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was also the league’s freshman of the year.

 

Key statistics: 12.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg, 1.4 tpg, 31.2 mpg, .495 FG, .356 3PT, .422 FT

 

Cool statistic: Gordon broke a 40-year team record for rebounds by a freshman (303).

 

Reminds me of: Kenneth Faried

 

What Insiders Say

Arizona coach Sean Miller

“Aaron has so many gifts as a player. His high energy level, love for the game, competitive fire and ability to blend into a team and become a great teammate are a few of these. Considering he’s 18, I can see why the NBA thinks so highly of him. I expect Aaron to be a high pick. Whichever franchise chooses him is getting the ultimate winner.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak

“Once you move on to that next level and you've got the body that Aaron has and the motor and kind of the natural feel for the game, all of a sudden when he's not going to class, he's going to put himself in the position where he can really eat, sleep and drink basketball. I don't think there's any reason at all his game won't develop.”

 

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Arizona's Aaron Gordon doesn't approach Randle's strength, but the Wildcats' freshman may play harder than anyone in the Draft. The 18-year-old is a special athlete, who showed above the rim explosiveness on a nightly basis, leading Arizona to the Elite Eight after having to move to power forward during the season because of an injury to starter Brandon Ashley. His work ethic made Arizona's practices better, and his hops made him play bigger than his listed 6-9.

 

NBA types can't wait to see Gordon use his speed and length to guard pros on the perimeter. More>>


 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch