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11 - Aaron Gordon

Arizona 

  • Birthday: 9/16/95
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 220
  • Hometown: San Jose, CA
  • High School: Archbishop Mitty
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  • Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Overall

91

2014
Mock:  12

NBA Comparison: Kenneth Faried

Strengths: A freakish athlete with incredible explosiveness who has been dominant throughout his HS career ... Has rare physical gifts with his great length, leaping ability and body control ... Huge, strong hands allow him to grab rebounds and corral ally oops with ease, a skill that is underrated and many NBA players lack ... Has an excellent basketball body and is well developed physically with broad, cut shoulders and arms ... Good conditioning. Capable of playing an entire HS game and barely appears winded ... Well spoken kid who seems to have a solid understanding of what he does well and plays to his strengths ... Does a solid job of forcing the issue and drawing contact to get to the line ... Has some back to the basket skills with the ability to gain position on the block and create a wide target and overpower opponents, outclassing them with his great size, strength and athleticism ... Shows some ability to handle the ball in the open floor and has decent speed when he gets a head of steam ...

Weaknesses: His game shows a lot of potential, but he's far from a finished product ... His shooting ability is troublesome. He shoots roughly 50% from the FT line and has no consistency outside of the paint ... Tweener. Doesn't have a well defined NBA position at this point. While he has tremendous explosiveness, he lacks perimeter skills (shooting, passing) and great foot speed. Lack of foot speed hurts him on both ends of the floor as it limits his on ball perimeter defensive efficiency as well as his ability to get by opponents off the dribble ... Foot work is not very good for a high level athlete ... While he is an elite athlete, his general quickness is not at an elite level ... Shows some developed ball handling ability but his lack of foot speed negates that ability to some degree. He gets nearly all of his points playing as a 4, and there are major questions about his ability to create offense for himself facing the basket. Granted, he's by far the tallest player on his high school team, so playing anything other than center is irrational from a team standpoint ... Plays too upright defensively. Looks a little stiff in his movements. While his physical strength is good, he appears to lack some flexibility in his body. Ankles and hips lack fluidity as he appears to run and move more like a 4 than a 3 ... Has been called "California soft" by some observers, but to his credit doesn't shy away from contact. He'll need to get a lot tougher if he decides that PF is his best position for the NBA level ...

Notes: Is coming off a broken foot which sidelined him for the majority of the summer. So his athleticism/fluidity may not be back to 100% ... How much that injury is still affecting him is a consideration ... Younger brother of former New Mexico PF Drew Gordon ... His recruitment is down to 3 schools: Kentucky, Washington and Arizona ... Having gone to a prep school for his senior year probably would have helped in his one and done aspirations (level of competition), although he seems to be focused and has played high level competition throughout the summers in AAU ball ... Measured 6'8 (in shoes) 207 lbs, with a 6'11 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'9 (in shoes) 212 lbs, with a 6'11.5 wingspan and 8'10.5 reach at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit


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