On Tuesday, Gordon, one of the elite players in the nation, decided to cement Arizona's 2013 recruiting class as one of the best in the country when he went public with his decision at the McDonald's All-American game.
The fact that Gordon chose Arizona is certainly not a surprise, but that does not mean that there were not some twists and turns along the way. The general belief in the early stages of Gordon's recruitment was that Washington would be the school to beat and a difficult one at that.
After all, it is no secret that Gordon highly respects Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and has had a relationship with the coach since his brother Drew went through the recruiting process.
However, Washington's chances with Gordon started to fade with its success on the court. The Huskies struggled throughout the season, missing the NCAA tournament. In addition, UW is not bringing in a strong recruiting class and is losing a few of its larger pieces.
Kentucky is another school that was involved, but always seemed to be a long shot. Although Gordon maintains he wants to win a title, he has also been clear that he would like to deliver his perimeter skills as well. With the class that UK is bringing in for 2013 and the potential to add Andrew Wiggins to it, Gordon's ability to develop and play extensive minutes took a hit.
Oregon was a bit of a wildcard in Gordon's recruitment, as it appeared at one time that the Ducks had been completely eliminated. However, about a month ago, Gordon decided to add the Ducks back in the equation and it created some worry for the fanbases involved.
Gordon is friends with Oregon point guard Dominic Artis and the Ducks had enough openings in the starting lineup to guarantee that Gordon could likely play as much as he could handle. However, that is not always a positive thing. As Gordon has been consistent in saying, winning may have been the most important aspect in his recruitment.
That is where Arizona comes in.
For starters, the Wildcats are going to put a very strong product on the court next year. It appears that each highly regarded member of last year's class will return and the Wildcats should be the favorite to win the Pac-12.
In addition, Gordon does not view the fact that Arizona has a loaded frontcourt as a negative. Although the UA is bringing in Rondae Jefferson to play small forward, he certainly is not going to play 40 minutes and the other option automatically becomes Gordon. Thus, not only is Gordon going to get minutes at the four, but he will be playing small forward as well.
Gordon may be one of the best players in the country already, but that does not mean he does not have room to improve. One of his biggest improvements is that he will need to get better on the perimeter and Arizona allows him a strong opportunity to do that with minutes at the three.
At the end of the day, Arizona presented the best opportunity to win right away, develop, and have a strong overall atmosphere for Gordon. The other schools could not overcome that and now the Wildcats will go into next season as a team that many will consider to be one of the best in the country.