Had a chance to checkout and catchup with Aaron Gordon last week at the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore. The senior forward at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif, averaged 29.5 points during four games while leading the Monarchs to a 3-1 record in the tournament and a fifth-place finish.
He thrilled the crowd with his high-flying areal feats. He won the slam dunk contest. Gordon dominated in almost every way. The only thing he didn’t do was make free throws or a perimeter shot. Gordon converted 18 of 51 attempts at the line (35.3 percent). In the final three games, he connected on just two field goals outside of 10 feet.
Gordon is an amazing athlete who realizes he still has a long ways to go to become a complete basketball player.
“I need a consistent jumper and I need to make free throws,” he said. “That’s about it. I can develop it in high school. I just need time in the gym, which we don’t really but that’s what it takes. Time in the gym. It’s just repetition and consistency.”
Gordon didn’t shed any new light on his college choice. He’s still considering Washington, Arizona and Kentucky and spoke positively about each school.
Here’s highlights of Gordon during the tourney (below) and a video clip of the slam dunk contest.