Gordon's commitment highly significant

Aaron Gordon's skills on the court are already known. Read on to see why his commitment is significant for Arizona both on and off the court.

The commitment of star forward Aaron Gordon holds a lot of significance to Arizona both on and off the court.

In Gordon, UA adds one of the most dynamic athletes in the high school ranks and a player who is expected to make an immediate impact. Even with the returning freshmen from the 2012 class, Gordon is a weapon that you simply cannot keep off the floor.

Although Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley all return and are expected to play big minutes in the front court, Gordon will still force his way onto the court and even, perhaps, the starting lineup.

A walking double-double who has the tools to beat a defender from anywhere on the court, Gordon brings the type of raw talent the team will sorely need to offset the losses of Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom.

The minutes will come, even if Arizona has to go big. Gordon, while not a traditional small forward, is talented enough to play the position and it wouldn't be surprising to see Ashley assume certain small forward responsibilities in spurts throughout the season.

The odd man out of the rotation could be Angelo Chol, but that doesn't mean fans should count Chol out just yet. He struggled to find playing time this season, but he still has the capability of redshirting and could use a free year to develop his game even further.

Gordon's commitment to UA rounds out a recruiting class that will, once again, be ranked as one of the best in the nation.

With forward Rondae Jefferson and Elliot Pitts already in the fold, Sean Miller has put together another strong class that has a trio of players that can develop into high-level performers at the Pac-12 level.

It also further establishes Miller's reign as the top recruiter in the west coast since his arrival and makes Arizona an even more attractive destination to high school basketball players than it was before.

Four of the five classes Miller has landed have been considered elite. While the success of the commits varied, the 2012 class had it's collective head on straight and had their priorities in line.

If the 2013 class can follow suit, the Wildcats will have a collective group of not only quality players, but hard-working individuals who will put winning above all.

In order to win, however, Arizona must produce and that's what many expect Gordon to do right off the bat.

With his knack for explosive dunks and a variety of tools that could make him a go-to guy early in his college career, Gordon's impact could be enormous.

Perhaps the player who benefits the most from Gordon's arrival is one that has yet to play an official game for the Wildcats.

Duquesne transfer T.J. McConnell is expected to take over for the departed Mark Lyons at point guard and should bring a more of a traditional look compared to what Lyons brought to the table.

Gordon's arrival provides McConnell with yet another weapon to dish the ball to while Gordon's presence on the court will open the floor up for McConnell to knock down shots from long range.

It's not really fair to place any real expectations upon a player who has yet to display his talent against college athletes, but Gordon's ceiling is so high that it's hard not to look at what his potential brings to the Wildcats' basketball program.

Assuming he lives up to a lot of the expectations being placed on him, Gordon will have a monster freshman season and will likely be a part of another tournament run at Arizona.

At first-glance, Gordon creates a logjam in the front court, but Miller will find ways to give playing time to any player who deserves it and it's hard to imagine any of the incumbents from the 2012 class falling short of expectations next season.

Assuming Miller can seamlessly place Gordon in his system, Arizona will have both the talent and potential to make a deep NCAA Tournament run next season.


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