One of the biggest West Coast prospects this recruiting cycle is Aaron Gordon, perhaps the most explosive big man out there. Gordon has been blowing up since his junior campaign, and there has been significant interest from a great deal of schools in the Pac-12. Oregon, Washington and Arizona have been doing their best to woo Gordon for quite sometime.
Gordon will make his latest visit to Arizona this week for the Red-Blue scrimmage. Bruce Pascoe breaks down the chances of Arizona and stacks them up quite nicely with the rumored favorite, Washignton.
Gordon has long been believed to consider Washington among his favorites, in part because Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar has a longtime relationship with his family. Romar has known Gordon's father since high school and also recruited Aaron's older brother, Drew, before he chose UCLA (Drew later transferred to New Mexico).
However, Arizona has developed ties of its own to Gordon, who played for the same Oakland Soldiers travel team that produced current Wildcats Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley. Gordon has already taken an unofficial visit to UA and is seeking to learn more this time, Kennedy said.
"He really enjoyed it" last time, Kennedy said. "He was really impressed with all the facilities. He definitely wants to get a feel for the players and the coaches this time."
The big parties are still involved here: Kansas has already been visited, and Kentucky can totally unbalance everything if they put on the full-court press. The Wildcats already have some great players rumored to be coming in, but Gordon is the type of athlete who can elevate a team offensively.
Conspicuous by their absence is UCLA. The reason probably has to do with family. Aaron's brother Drew used to play for the Bruins and ended up transferring out to New Mexico after various character issues.
A decision isn't coming anytime soon though. Gordon seems committing to making his decision after the spring signing period.