February 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Aaron Gordon adds Oregon to list
Just when you thought it was a three-team race for Aaron Gordon, the Oregon Ducks re-entered the derby for the consensus five-star recruit from San Jose, Calif.
He eliminated Oregon in November and narrowed his list to Washington, Arizona and Kentucky.
However, he told Eric Bossi at Rivals.com that he was adding the the Ducks to his list.
Sources close to Gordon confirmed the report.
The 6-7 forward has been impressed with Oregon’s freshmen class that includes guards Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson, two of the team’s leading scorers. Gordon and Artis played with the Oakland Soliders summer AAU team.
Gordon took a trip to Oregon on Sept. 22 and at the time he spoke highly of the school’s facilities.
Not sure what the Ducks have done recently to get back in the hunt for Gordon. Winning on the court and rising to a top-10 ranking last week certainly helped. The Ducks (18-4) are tied with Arizona (19-2) at the top of the Pac-12 standings at 7-2.
Gordon has always maintained he wanted to see how the teams performed during the season before making a decision in the spring. The regular signing period is April 17 – May 15.
Here’s how the recruiting classes compare between the teams pursuing Gordon.
— Washington signed guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson, while picking up a commitment from guard Jahmel Taylor.
— Arizona has a two-man class that includes five-star, small forward prospect Rondae Jefferson and Elliott Pitts, a three-star shooting guard.
— Oregon has a two-man class that includes 6-7 power forward Jordan Bell and shooting guard A.J. Lapray. Both are considered three-star prospects, according to the major recruiting sites. The Ducks received a commitment from two-sport stars Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, but the guard prospects are looking at other schools.
— Kentucky is stockpiling talent once again. The Wildcats signed five recruits, including three five-star guard prospects (Andrew and Aaron Harrison and James Young) and four-star forward Marcus Lee. They also received a verbal commitment from five-star center Dakari Johnson.