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July 30, 2012
LAS VEGAS - Five-star prospect Aaron Gordon said he hears the same thing everyday, and at this point everybody else might be worrying more about where the talented 2013 recruit is going to play college basketball than he is.
"I get that question almost everyday," he said over the weekend. "And I'm really not even worried about it. I'm going to make my decision probably in the spring time after I watch a lot of the NCAA basketball."
How much is this college basketball season going to mean to Gordon's recruitment?
"A lot," he said. "I'll get to see how the coaches coach and the players react to coaches."
Gordon played through injuries to help the Oakland Soldiers win the Peach Jam title and he continued to battle through injuries in Las Vegas. One of the reasons so many programs are making a hard push for the explosive prospect is that toughness and his never-quit style of play.
The rising senior missed the Soldier's game Saturday night, but he said he was fine with getting a chance to rest up.
"My body really needed the rest," he said. "Summer is winding down, so I was OK with just enjoying getting to watch basketball and helping my teammates win from the sidelines. So I really, really appreciated them getting the win for me."
Gordon has been banged up since the spring, but he exploded once again during the Peach Jam and he said it was good to be back out on the court.
"It felt great," he said. "The fact that I was hurt didn't help me, but it just felt good to be out there playing again."
Although he is a big-time competitor, the time away from the hardwood gave Gordon a chance to recuperate.
"I was able to get my legs back under me," he said. "But just being that I was away from the game so long I had a lot of rust on me, so it took me about two or three games to knock the rust off."
When Gordon is fully healthy he is on the nation's best prospects, and that's why he has plenty of programs very interested. The schools he is currently focusing on include: Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico and Stanford.
It's no accident that those are the programs sticking out to Gordon as he heads into the rest of the year as there are similarities with each of the schools.
"Each one of those schools has a great coach," he said. "Each one of them is looking out for the well being of their players. So it's really going to come down to who's looking out for me the most. But they also have uptempo systems. They are all structured systems, but they also have freedom within their systems.
"So that's what I really love, it's all uptempo."
Gordon said he plans to use all five official visits and then proceed to commit from there. The talented San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty recruit will be in Tucson for the Red-Blue game and Gordon kept it simple when it comes to what he's hoping to see on his trip.
"I'm just looking forward to seeing the school one more time," he said.
GOAZCATS.com Senior Recruiting Editor
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