Many signs point to 2013 forward Aaron Gordon choosing the Arizona Wildcats as his college of choice on Tuesday, when he makes his formal announcement. Gordon will choose between Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Kentucky during a McDonald's All-American game media session, and many experts are giving the Wildcats the best shot of landing the forward.
The top uncommitted prospect outside of Andrew Wiggins has reportedly already told his college coach of his decision but is waiting to make an official announcement.
Gordon apparently loves Sean Miller's sell of developing his 6-foot-8, 210 pound frame from a rough-around-the-edges power forward into a legitimate NBA wing. Whereas traditional thought has tagged the athletic freak as a power forward with high basketball IQ, a high motor, but little perimeter skill, Miller's sell of turning him into more than an undersize power forward.
Gordon averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks per game for Archbishop Mitty High School in his senior year.
Although he's primed to dominate college as is, Miller's genius of selling Gordon to a longterm plan is the real key. In essence, what Miller did with Derrick Williams -- I've always argued Williams is fine playing the 4 even in the NBA, though that's beside the point -- will be replicated with Gordon.
It also helps for Miller to sell Gordon on the small forward spot by making the depth at UA's power forward and center spots irrelevant.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times had the most telling breakdown of why Arizona is seemingly the favorite.
Apparently (Sean Miller has) done a good job selling Gordon he can be a perimeter player at Arizona in the mold of Scottie Pippen or Shawn Marion. Truth is, Gordon isn't a perimeter player. He's a post player. Think of a shorter Blake Griffin. Gordon may not want to hear that, but it's the truth. His shooting, ball-handling and passing skills are deficient. However, he's an incredibly explosive low-post player.
You could argue that among the teams pursuing Gordon, Washington needs his talents more than any other. However, barring a last-minute reversal it appears Gordon will choose Arizona.
Allen isn't the only person in the know who subscribes to the belief the Wildcats will land another commitment that would give UA an absolutely loaded frontcourt that will likely see the return of three freshmen big men, sophomore Angelo Chol and incoming small forward Rondae Jefferson.
CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello also tabs Miller as the winner of the Gordon sweepstakes.
And four of six ESPN experts believe Arizona has it in it as well (the other two actually lean toward Oregon being a darkhorse favorite).
Tomorrow we'll find out. And if the Wildcats are indeed the choice, expect UA to receive some very serious NCAA title consideration -- immediately.