Gordon maintaining consistency

Aaron Gordon has seen highs and lows this season, but has worked on being consistent. Read on to see how he was able to find that consistency and more.

As strong has Aaron Gordon has been in the NCAA Tournament, his season has seen some highs and lows as well.

"I had a little bit of a drop-off when Brandon got hurt," Gordon said. "I started 21 games at the three and then he got hurt, so we had to readjust.

"I have been starting at the four, we probably went through maybe a two or three game lull and then we re-identified ourselves and started playing well again. As a freshman it is really hard not to have ups and downs and I just tried to be as consistent as possible."

This season has been a learning process for Gordon and it took him a little bit to realize what the college game entails.

"I didn't know what to expect at the beginning," Gordon said. "I just came out and played basketball and having to do that for so many games, it kind of gets to you a little bit.

"Once you figure it out that this is what it is and how it will be every game, we were the number one team for eight weeks straight so every time you lose you get the court rushed on you. Every time. That's just how it was and once I figured out the different variables of college basketball it was smooth sailing."

One of the aspects of Arizona that helped Gordon through his inconsistencies was the team chemistry that he and his teammates kept.

"I know we are not done yet, but the chemistry has been flawless," Gordon said. "It is phenomenal. There is no bickering or drama. A couple of the guys live together in a house and that is our sanctuary where we get to spend time with each other and just hang out. It's really been fun."

In addition, Gordon has been careful to not get caught up with the hype that has come along with the top freshmen in the country.

"I don't really buy into that stuff," he said. "All I care about is winning and that is all I have been doing lately. Hopefully we can keep that going and winning is the only thing that matters to me.

"I have been determined from the start of the NCAA Tournament and this game is no bigger or smaller than the last. I am going to play as hard as I can and leave everything out there and if we are successful that's great."


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