Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona Wildcats basketball recruit Aaron Gordon lengthened his list of finalists by adding the Oregon Ducks.
Aaron Gordon, the athletic top-10 recruit, has added some complexity to his recruitment. Months after the top-10 forward in the class of 2013 narrowed his list of finalists to the Arizona Wildcats, Washington Huskies and Kentucky Wildcats, he lengthened the list by adding the Oregon Ducks on Friday, according to Rivals.com.
Now, three Pac-12 schools are in on the talented forward. That only makes Sean Miller's chances more thin.
What this recent news means is that Gordon's mind hasn't been made up yet -- he's not even close. Here's a look at what each school might be able to offer and why Gordon is not sold on each.
The good: Sean Miller has shown how to develop talent, especially as a shooting coach. Gordon likes that about Miller, and it could be a key piece in Gordon's offensive development. As it stands, he has very little technical skill in his offensive game.
The bad: The Wildcats will in all likelihood have their three freshman big men in Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley back next season, along with sophomore Angelo Chol. Rotation time could be hard to come by, especially if all four of those guys continue to improve at the current rate, which is slow enough for them to stick around a while but fast enough where Gordon won't be completely unseating anyone outside of perhaps Chol.
The good: John Calipari will obviously have a final say in Gordon's recruitment. He has a boarding-school type of program running in Lexington, and that work environment is tempting for Gordon to develop. Like Miller, Calipari is on the list because he can mold raw talent into a high NBA draft pick.
The bad: Gordon appears apprehensive about Kentucky because it's far from his home on the West Coast. That's somewhat of a big deal, but it's also a wonder if the recent lack of success for UK will leave a bad taste in Gordon's mouth as well.
The good: Washington has fallen off this season, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Gordon would be able to head to a situation where he knows the head coach and could be a highly-relied-upon player off the bat. His interest in Arizona and Kentucky goes to show that there could be thought about playing with another group of talented players versus being the one-man show.
The bad: It feels, at this point, that the Huskies are in the mix because of Lorenzo Romar's relationship with Gordon's family. If Gordon wants a deep tournament run, the Huskies are at a disadvantage based on the current situation.
The good: Oregon has senior big men Tony Woods and Arsalan Kazemi graduating after this year, along with small forward E.J. Singler. Gordon, who is viewed as a tweener at the NBA level, could play at any of the frontcourt spots for head coach Dana Altman. The reason Oregon has jumped into the mix now is probably due to their success on the court. It's a sure bet Nike U's facilities are a great selling point as well.
The bad: A late jump in the Aaron Gordon saga probably puts the Ducks on the outside looking in, but you never know.