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September 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Big recruiting week for Washington

It’s a big recruiting week for Washington, which is expected to host Aaron Gordon, Darin Johnson and Nigel Williams-Goss.
Gordon, a 6-7, 210-pound senior forward from San Jose, is considered one of the top six players in the country. He’s the top prospect on the West Coast and one of 20 five-star prospects ranked by ESPN.
Johnson, a 6-4 shooting guard from Sacramento, is a three-star prospect according to ESPN and Rivals.com. Scout.com gives him four stars.
And Williams-Goss, a 6-3 point guard, is a consensus 4-star prospect, according to the major recruiting services. He’s the only player who has verbally committed to the Huskies.
Tim Kennedy who coaches Gordon at Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Calif. confirmed Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Kentucky and Kansas are the top contenders for senior forward who is the two-time California state player of the year.
“He’s struggling through the process and he’s weighing all of the different options,” Kennedy said. “He’s weighing the pros and cons of each team. But you can’t go wrong with the schools he’s considering.
“He’s been big on going on his visits and getting a feel. He also wants to watch a lot of basketball this season to get a feel for how the teams are playing. He wants that comfort level that’s the biggest thing he’s going through. So he’s taking his time on this decision.”
According to Kennedy, Gordon will pick a school where he feels the most comfortable.
“The big thing is coaching,” Kennedy said. “He wants to play for a coach and be in a system that’s going to exploit his talents. One that’s going to get up and down because he’s pretty deadly in the open floor. Most of the teams that’s recruiting him play that way. He wants a place where he can get developed. His goal of course is to get to the NBA as fast as possible. Those are some of the key ones that are important to him.”
Washington missed on signing Gordon’s older brother Drew, who picked UCLA before transferring midway into his sophomore season to New Mexico.
That experience could help the Huskies land Gordon.
“Just going through and seeing what was promised and what was delivered, there was some misunderstandings and communication problems on both ends,” Kennedy said. “I don’t think they were all on the same page. I think Aaron saw that. He wants to find somewhere he’s going to be comfortable, even if things aren’t going well. He wants to be comfortable with the coach.”
Gordon has said he intends to take all of his visits and wait until the spring before making a college choice.
“I think that’s solid, but he is a young kid,” Kennedy said. “He just turned 17 a week or so ago. I think he’s going to be solid on waiting until April, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he changed is mind with that.”
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Gordon is scheduled to attend Arizona’s Red-Blue Game on Oct. 21, which will honor former coach Lute Olson, players Steve Kerr and Sean Elliott and members of the 1988 Final Four team.
— Oregon adds two players and loses one. Since coach Dana Altman arrived two years ago, the Ducks have replenished the roster with transfers and this time they picked up 6-foot-11 center/forward Waverly Austin from Palm Beach (Fla.) State College and 6-7 forward Arsalan Kazemi from Rice. Oregon also lost 6-5 guard Devon Branch, who transferred from Cloud County Community College in Concordia in April.
— According to CatPause.com, forward Marcus Lee has narrowed his list to California or Kentucky.
— PointGuardU.com is ranking the 25 greatest Arizona Wildcats of all-time and Seattle native Jason Terry checks in at No. 3. Most likely Sean Elliott tops the list followed by Damon Stoudemire.

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