Gordon going at own pace

Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon is down to Washington, Arizona and Kentucky, but when will he make a decision? His Oakland Soldiers AAU coach Mark Olivier breaks down the five-star prospect's recruitment.

Often times, when a five-star prospect is planning on waiting until the spring before making a college decision, it means he's holding off all the way until April.

That's not necessarily the case with Aaron Gordon.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty 2013 power forward won't sign until the spring, but he will make a decision when he knows where he wants to go, whether that be next week, next month or several months from now.

"When Aaron feels the timing is right, he's going to make a decision," said Mark Olivier, who runs Gordon's AAU program, the Oakland Soldiers. "Aaron is one of those kids that is going to make sure it's the right fit for him.

"It could be as late as the spring or it could be before the spring. It will be whenever Aaron feels the timing is right. He's in a great situation where all the schools left are great schools, but which school fits him? When he feels the timing and fit are right, that's when he'll decide."

For Gordon, the key is finding the right fit for him, a process that has been easier due to the fact that he has a family that is as experienced as possible when dealing with the recruiting process.

"Aaron is one of those kids who really takes his time with things and won't make a quick decision," said Olivier. "The great thing with Aaron is that he's been through this with his brother and his sister and his father went through it too, so it's a real basketball family that has given him a lot of information."

Last Thursday, Gordon announced that he's down to three schools - Washington, Arizona and Kentucky. All three programs offer something unique.

When it comes to Washington, Gordon has a long lasting relationship with head coach Lorenzo Romar.

"Lorenzo Romar is a great teacher and Washington has been a good school for so long," Olivier said. "Aaron has a great relationship with coach Romar, who is really sincere."

Arizona has slowly gained momentum with Gordon over the past several months, to the point where UA has put itself in serious contention to ultimately land him.

"Arizona is a school on the rise and has all those bigs over there," Olivier said. "They're young, they have some Soldiers over there and Sean Miller is a great teacher too."

Despite Kentucky's recent success on the court and in recruiting, the Wildcats weren't a team many considered as a real threat to land Gordon a year ago, but that's changed.

"Kentucky is Kentucky," said Olivier. "They have a history of getting guys to the next level. Coach (John) Calipari does a great job with those kids."

There will be numerous reasons why Gordon chooses one of Washington, Arizona or Kentucky. One of those reasons will likely be the fact that Gordon thinks he can win a national title there.

"I think Aaron wants to win a national championship," Olivier said. "Also, getting better is a huge thing for him. Then the head coach needs to be someone he can really trust.

"He's a winner. He won a state championship. He's won at every level. Now he wants to win a national championship in college."


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