3. Aaron Gordon, 6-8 SF, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA)
The Blake Griffin clone is considering Washington, Arizona, Kentucky and Oregon and will announce on April 3 at the McDonald’s Game at Chicago’s United Center. Washington and Arizona have long been considered the frontrunners. Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar is an old childhood buddy of Gordon’s father, while Arizona has deep ties to the Oakland Soldiers AAU program for
which Gordon starred. Last July, Gordon and the Soldiers actually beat Wiggins and CIA Bounce to win the prestigious Peach Jam title.
Meantime, Gordon is on fire as he has led his San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty team to the California state final on Saturday.
“He’s gonna be an ultimate competitor,” Mitty coach Tim Kennedy told ZAGSBLOG after Gordon went for 29 points and 22 rebounds as Mitty won the CIF Northern California Open Division championship game with a 70-50 win over Sheldon. “Just watching him in this playoff run we’re making right now, he refuses to let his team lose. He’s a big-time competitor who loves to play and just keeps getting better.”
Wherever Gordon goes, that school will be getting a winner and potentially the next Blake Griffin because he is a sick dunker. Sick.
4. Rysheed Jordan, 6-4 PG/SG, Vaux Roberts (Philadelphia)The exciting combo guard from Philly announced on Twitter that he will make the call on April 15. Jordan is down to St. John’s, UCLA and hometown Temple. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin has worked hard and recently watched Jordan play in Philly. UCLA will lose senior point guard Larry Drew III to graduation and could lose freshman Kyle Anderson to the NBA draft. Meantime, if Jordan picked Temple, he would stay home and play in front of his local fans, but also have to deal with the distractions that come with that.
Whoever gets Jordan will be getting a player who averaged 25.9 points this season, including a 45-point, six-rebound performance in the Public League championship game.
“The 6-foot-4 point guard can take over a game like no other player in the city, and he’s only getting more dangerous on the offensive end of the court,” wrote the popular Philly Website CityofBasketballlove.com. “Already an athletic slasher with a deadly crossover who can get to the rim seemingly at will, Jordan has improved his 3-point shot to the point where he has no qualms about pulling up from NBA range and hitting the big shot when he needs to.”
5. Keith Frazier, 6-5 SG, Kimball Union (Dallas)
Frazier is down to Texas Tech, Texas A&M and SMU, so wherever he chooses he will stay in the Lone Star State. He set March 28 as his official announcement date, although his mentor, Erven Davis, told ZAGSBLOG, “He’s getting a little restless, so it could be sooner.” Texas Tech recently fired everyone on coach Chris Walker’s staff but retained Walker, meaning various assistant coaching jobs are open. Speculation out of Texas has Frazier and Kimball Union coach Royce Johnson going in a package deal to Tech. “It has nothing to do with Keith’s choice,” Davis said. We shall find out soon enough.
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