CHICAGO -- Five-star forward Aaron Gordon announced today he will play basketball for the Arizona Wildcats next season.
Gordon chose UA over Washington, Oregon and Kentucky, making his announcement this morning at a news conference in advance of Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game.
"I hope Tucson is celebrating because I'm about to be a West Coast Wildcat," Gordon said.
Rated No. 4 overall in the class of 2013 by ESPN, the 6-foot-8 and 215-pound Gordon is the highest-rated player that coach Sean Miller has recruited to UA. He will join fellow McDonalds All-American Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Northern California guard Elliott Pitts in the Wildcats’ 2013 recruiting class.
Moments after making his announcement, Gordon looked into the crowd of the other McDonalds players at Jefferson-Hollis and said, "Let's Go, Rondae!"
Gordon said he made the decision about four weeks ago, having taken his full allotment of five official visits.
"It was an extremely hard process," Gordon said. "I went to Arizona twice and I'm glad I did that. I felt at the end of the day it would fit best."
UA has one more scholarship remaining for next season, assuming there are no early roster departures and forward Kevin Parrom’s appeal for a fifth year hardship waiver is denied.
Gordon said UA's personnel were an intriguing fit and that he hopes to play small or power forward for the Wildcats. Gordon said he liked the UA big men who were returning as well as guards Nick Johnson and T.J. McConnell.
"Kevin Parrom, Mark Lyons, Solomon Hill are all leaving which is about 80 percent of the scoring," Gordon said.
Gordon averaged 21.6 points 15.7 rebounds 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks while playing for Archbishop Mitty High School last season. Considered a natural power forward, Gordon played virtually everywhere on the floor and is expected to play either small or power forward for the Wildcats.