Gordon helps Soldiers win, has 7 schools

Aaron Gordon showed up in South Carolina ready to play, as he helped lead the Oakland Soldiers to a Peach Jam crown in front of plenty of college coaches.

Aaron Gordon was forced to the sidelines with a toe injury for the entire spring and majority of July.

But this past Wednesday, Gordon, a 6-foot-8 combo forward, returned to the court at Nike's Peach Jam in North Augusta (S.C.) and it didn't take long for him to have success.

Gordon helped the Oakland Soldiers to a Peach Jam title by averaging 13.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and a team high three assists through their eight games at the Riverview Park Activities Center.

"We were so pumped after the game," Gordon told Scout.com. "I still am."

With Gordon out for the entire EYBL regular and Jabari Bird hurt for one of the sessions, the Soldiers finished 13-7 during league play.

"They were struggling, I think they lost seven games maybe," he said. "That's just too many for the Soldiers organization. At the beginning of the season we knew we had a high caliber team."

While Gordon's numbers at the Peach Jam were impressive, Gordon said he was limited in what he could do because of a new injury.

"The thing about it, I don't think I'm quite the same player as I was at the beginning of the season. I was just hurt. My side hurt. So I couldn't really blow by people or cut or be physical. But all together I did what I needed to do for us to win."

To go with his healing toe, Gordon pulled his oblique during the third game of the Peach Jam.

"It was impossible for me to make cuts," Gordon said.

"It hurts when I cough right now," he added. "My teammates were trying to make my laughs because it hurts so bad."

Despite the injury, Gordon went for 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Peach Jam final against CIA Bounce and helped secure the title.

"I think it was a really good game," he said. "It was a good match up. People thought that was going to be the match up at the start of Peach Jam."

"We just wanted it a little bit more than they did," Gordon said.

While at the Peach Jam, college coaches showed up to not only watch and evaluate Gordon, but also to be seen by him.

"I definitely saw a few of the coaches," Gordon said. "But once the game starts I don't worry it."

Gordon told Scout.com that he's narrowed his list of schools to seven – Washington, Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon, Kansas, New Mexico and Stanford.

"Recruiting is going good," he said. "I have seven schools right now and pretty much they are all very, very close. Anything could change."

"I want to watch a lot of the NCAA this year," Gordon added "A lot of my friends are going to playing in it and I want to see how they react to different coaching methods."

So who has been on Gordon the longest?

"I know Washington has been recruiting me since my brother committed to UCLA," he said. "Oregon and Arizona have been there. Washington was definitely the first one to recruit me heavily. Then came Oregon and Arizona and then came Kansas and Kentucky. Stanford has also been recruiting from the beginning."

Does that give Washington an edge?

"It really helps Washington," he said. "[Lorenzo] Romar is a really good dude. He knows what he's talking about. He's been there from the start. He has seen me develop as a player."

While Kentucky hasn't been there since the beginning, the Wildcats intrigue Gordon.

"It's a really good program," he said. "They get a bunch of wins. Calipari just knows how to win. That's really attractive to me. I really want to go out and see it. Everyone is hyping it up to be this unreal college experience."

Gordon isn't close to making his college choice, but he is starting to think about visits.

"I'm going to probably take my five visits to Oregon, Washington, Kentucky, Kansas and then I'm not sure where I'll go with my last one," Gordon said.

"I'm going to take a visit to Arizona for the Red/Blue game," he added. "I know I'm going to schedule one to Oregon. I think I scheduled the Washington visit."

For now, Gordon has to close out July. He plans to be in Las Vegas this weekend with the Oakland Soldiers, but hasn't decided how much he will play, due to his oblique injury. He said it's possible he only plays just one game.

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