Where will Gordon go?

In just a few hours Drew Gordon will choose the college he will sign with. Throughout the recruiting process Gordon has played things very close to the vest. For the first time he has released a list of the final four contenders for his services and we will look at each of the candidates.

According to Gordon, UCLA, Cal, Washington and Arizona are the four finalists for his services. Each has their own unique things to offer the Bay Area big man.

"This is one of those recruitments in which none of the schools truly have any idea where Gordon is headed 24 hours prior to an announcement," Jeff Goodman wrote in a Sunday night update.

UCLA may or may not have a scholarship crunch. As of now they officially have three to offer and two verbal commitments, but the common thought is that they will end up with five scholarships to offer. The same conventional wisdom says that the Bruins will need a big man by then. Gordon could see a chance to play early at UCLA and the Bruins are as hot as any team in America. The appeal of staying in-state, but getting away from home could be another plus for UCLA.

Cal is the hometown team. There has not been a lot of talk about the Bears in conjunction with Gordon, but the big man has not been talking much about any teams. If he wants to stay close to home, Cal could be the destination. The fact that there has been recent success with Bear bigs, plus there should be immediate playing time, are both pluses.

Behind the scenes Washington has thought to be one of the leaders. Although the Huskies have recruited big men very well lately, they may not be loaded at the spot by 2008. Spencer Hawes will be gone and Jon Brockman will be a senior (if he is still around). The talk has been Lorenzo Romar has done a great job recruiting Gordon, and has especially made a great impression on his father. The fact that the Huskies play an up-tempo style will also benefit them.

The Wildcats have picked up a lot of momentum with Gordon of late. The irony is that they have done so by being consistent. While other schools have varied their interest level, the Wildcats have always been a player. Gordon and his mother made an unofficial visit to Tucson a few weeks ago and Gordon admitted that the Wildcats made a great impression. Like the other schools on the list, the Cats should be able to offer immediate playing time and a possible starting job.

The common thought is that the Huskies and Wildcats have the inside track, but none of the four would be a surprise. All four have a lot to offer and all four have their advantages.

The speculation will only continue a little longer.

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