Washington has yet to receive a commitment for the 2012 class, but it’s difficult not to ignore who the Huskies could land in 2013. Early signs are favorable.
Aaron Gordon, a five-star recruit who is ranked the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2013 class by ESPN, recently told PointGuardU.com the Huskies are at the top of his list.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose said coach Lorenzo Romar is major reason why UW is the early favorite. He also said Arizona is on his list. In a video posted by NextLevelConnect, he said Kansas and New Mexico are also in consideration.
Gordon, an incoming junior, is the younger brother of Drew Gordon, who played at UCLA and New Mexico. His dad played at San Diego State and grew up in Southern California with Romar.
Romar’s old relationships may prove to be fruitful in the near future.
He maintained close ties with former Golden State teammate Sonny Parker whose son Jabari is a five-star recruit ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2013 class by ESPN.
Parker’s final five include: Duke, Kansas, Washington, Illinois and Michigan State.
In addition, Jabari Bird, a five-star 2013 recruit who is ranked No. 11 overall by ESPN, also has UW on his short list. In a video posted by Coast2Coasthoops, the 6-6 shooting guard out of Salesian High in Richmond, Calif. – he attends the same high school as redshirt freshman Desmond Simmons – said the other schools are California and Arizona.
Bird was flying under the recruiting radar as a freshman, but soared into national prominence after his sophomore season. The junior-to-be is ranked No. 21 overall by Rivals and is the No. 3 shooting guard according to Scout.
Gordon (above) and Bird (below) are close friends who play with the Oakland Soldiiers AAU team and here’s a highlight video of them connecting for an alley-oop dunk.
Last week, Gordon, Bird and Parker played in Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Finals at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC, which included Nike’s top 24 of its 40 elite AAU teams.
Parker drew rave reviews from scouts and players. When asked who is the first player you’d draft from the players assembled, Gordon chose Parker.
“He has a knack for scoring,” Gordon told CatsPause.com. “He’s one of the toughest guys here to defend. Even if you’re doing a good job on him, or you think you’re doing a good job, he finds ways to score.”
In most years signing one high-profile recruit would be a major accomplishment for the Huskies. If Washington were able to land Parker, Gordon and Bird, they’d comprise one of the most heralded recruiting classes in school history and perhaps surpass the 2006 class that was rated the third-best in the country by Scout.com. The group included: Spencer Hawes, Quincy Pondexter, Adrian Oliver and Phil Nelson.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Two conflicting reports about how the NCAA will handle several high-profile coaches’ involvement with a deceased Houston-area investor and AAU basketball organizer. CBSSports.com, which broke the news about the financial ties between the late David Salinas and several coaches, says the NCAA is looking into the matter. However, ESPN’s Andy Katz says the NCAA will not launch a formal probe into the Ponzi scheme.
— The Arizona Daily Star caught up with Jawann McClellan, who played for Salinas and signed with the Wildcats. The story makes no charge against former Arizona coach Lute Olson, who invested with Salinas. Even if there was an unethical connection, the Wildcats aren’t likely to be penalized.
— Olson released a statement.
— Stanford hosts one of the four four-team regionals for the the 27th annual Preseason NIT. The Cardinal plays Fresno State. The Colorado State vs. SMU pairing is also in its West bracket. The winner earns a trip to New York and Madison Square Garden for a spot in the semifinal.
— New Mexico coach Steve Alford has taken some unprecedented steps and banned his players from using Twitter. He’s threatened to rescind scholarships to those who violate the new team policy.