Gordon keeping options open

Aaron Gordon s one of the most highly recruited players in 2013 and Arizona seems to be in good shape early in the recruitment.

The front court of the Oakland Soldiers really stood out this summer and between 2012 forward Brandon Ashley and 2013 five-star Aaron Gordon, opponents had their hands full on both ends of the court.

With no true center on the court, both Ashley and Gordon have to play big and this past weekend in the EYBL in Los Angeles they both held their own.

Playing alongside each other is a plus and Gordon has the opportunity to play next to a top ten player in 2012 that will only make him better as well.

What fuels Gordon's game is his energy and combine that with the talent he possesses, it makes for a player who can really fill it up in a game. This past weekend was actually a return for the power forward.

"I missed the last tournament in Dallas (EYBL session #2) because I was trying to get my grades right, but now I'm back out hooping," said Gordon.

In his first game, Gordon missed a few shots that he normally makes and he recognized that he had to get back in the groove of playing after missing some time.

"Rusty, if I could use one word to describe it then it would be rusty," said Gordon. "I didn't even feel like myself out there."

He quickly elevated his game and brought that energy and talent early in a match up against Ricardo Gathers and Louisiana Select, starting off with two straight monstrous dunks in a game that saw the Soldiers run away with the game by the first half.

Often times Gordon turned it on in games, as he has the quickness to really get by defenders down low with ease. On the break, he is probably the best big man on the country in transition. Still, this summer the number six ranked overall player in the class of 2013 according to Scout.com, has some areas of focus to take his game to an even higher level.

"My jump shot and my attacking moves is what I'm focusing on all summer," explained Gordon.

"Basically I want to play small forward at the next level so I'll be working on that all summer."

He has a lot of the skills of a small forward including quickness, good vision and can still rebound and defend players bigger than him. What will help him make that transition is how much he can work on his shot.

There is room for improvement with his jump shot and it will take a lot of practice to get it to where he wants it to be. Anyone can become a good shooter and Gordon has a chance to get to that point.

As for his recruitment, many of teams are recruiting the talented San Jose Archbishop Mitty forward, but Gordon named a few.

"Washington, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico with my brother, but it is all wide open right now," said Gordon."

Those schools seem to be recruiting Gordon the hardest at this point and he is not naming any favorites, but he had some good things to say about the Arizona Wildcats.

"I like the whole facilities there and how they run their program," explained Gordon. "I like coach (Sean) Miller himself and he just runs a good program."

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