Arizona Wildcats freshman Aaron Gordon was named a second-team preseason all-American in the soon-to-be-released Sporting News basketball yearbook.
Gordon joins ASU’s Jahii Carson on the second team, though no other Pac-12 players are picked on any of SN’s three all-America teams.
“The Blake Griffin comparisons are fun, but Gordon is a much better all-around player now than Griffin was as a freshman at Oklahoma,” Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan wrote.
The publication’s first-team all-Americans were Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Michigan’s Mitch McGary, Duke’s Jabari Parker and Creighton’s Doug McDermott.
In SN’s Top 25, Arizona was picked fifth, as indicated already on the Sporting News website. Oregon (13) and UCLA (15) were the other ranked teams in the publication from the Pac-12.
Arizona was also picked to win the Pac-12, followed by Oregon, UCLA, Colorado, California, Stanford, ASU, Washington, Oregon State, Utah, Washington State and USC.
(Note: While I wrote the Pac-12 previews for the Sporting News yearbook, I was not involved in all-America or Top 25 selections.)
Half of the players named to Scout's updated Top 10 for 2014 are being recruited by the Wildcats: Jahlil Okafor (1), Myles Turner (2), Cliff Alexander (5), Stanley Johnson (6) and Justise Winslow (9). Scout's entire updated list is here.
And from the it's-never-too-early department, there's already some blog speculation about Gordon heading to the Boston Celtics...