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Aaron Gordon to Arizona makes them a 2014 title favorite

Apr 2, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

Aaron Gordon

Sean Miller has added another piece to an already loaded roster for 2013, as Aaron Gordon, a top five talent and the most athletic player in the Class of 2013, committed to Arizona this afternoon.

“I hope Tucson is celebrating because I’m about to be an Arizona Wildcat,” the 6-foot-9 forward said at a press conference on Tuesday. Gordon picked the Wildcats over Oregon, Washington and Kentucky. You can browse through his Rivals profile here.

Gordon joins a recruiting class that already includes fellow McDonalds All-American Rondae Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 playmaker at the small forward spot, and four-star shooting guard Elliot Pitts. What’s more impressive, however, is the roster that Gordon will be joining at Arizona.

Solomon Hill, Kevin Parrom and Mark Lyons will all be graduating, which will not only be a blow to Arizona’s perimeter attack, but it will take a toll on the leadership on that team. Hill and Parrom, in particular, were veterans that have been through it all with the Wildcats.

But seniors may end up being the only think Sean Miller is missing next season.

His back court is impressive, with Duquesne transfer TJ McConnell, one of the most underrated point guards in the country as a sophomore, will be ready to start after sitting out last season as a transfer, and he’ll be joined by junior Nick Johnson, sophomore Gabe York, senior Jordin Mayes and Pitts in the back court.

It’s scarier up front. Gordon and Jefferson will join a group that already includes Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett, Brandon Ashley and Angelo Chol.

That’s a ridiculous amount of talent.

Arizona will be in the conversation with Kentucky and Duke as the preseason No. 1 team in the country next season.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. dftucson - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    That’s nice Arizona has all these great players, but can they beat the refs?

  2. brotherlove2012 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Gordon is a beast, but I still think Wiggins is as good an athlete as Gordon.

    • kingghidora - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      I think Wiggins is a better athlete and apparently a lot of other people do too. Wiggins is #1 in this class. Gordon is at #5. And the way this article is written you’d think AZ is “the” favorite to win it all. Not hardly. They didn’t get anywhere near the best recruiting class either. Kentucky knocked that one out of the park with the best recruiting class “ever”. And they could still land Wiggins. They have 3 of the top 6 recruits and 6 of the top 13. And they could still land Wiggins. Add those players to the talent coming back to UK from last season and you have “the” favorite to win it all. And if Wiggins signs they are very close to being a lock to win it all. I know that breaks your little CBS hearts but it’s true.

      • goazcats21 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        Yea well this post is about the Arizona Wildcats so get the Kentucky shit out of here!!

  3. bifford - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I hope Wiggins doesn’t go to Kentucky. He will have too many other players looking to showcase themselves. Being unbiased, I would like to see him at UNC, going against Parker at Duke. It would spice up that rivalry.

  4. sbmcintosh36 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I’m not sure why you think UA won’t contend because they don’t have a great class coming in. .. its top 10 and the roster is already stacked from last year’s#1 class, there aren’t any more spots too give !

  5. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Kids impressive, won’t be there long.

  6. goazcats21 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Go Arizona Wildcats

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