Recruiting Source: Aaron Gordon Eyes Western Schools, Favors Arizona

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The top high school basketball player on the West Coast is planning to stay out West for college.

Archbishop Mitty (CA) hotshot Aaron Gordon will play his college ball at either Washington or Arizona, a source close to the recruitment tells Busting Brackets. The San Jose native has pared his list down to three schools—Kentucky being the third—and is aiming for a spring announcement. Whenever Gordon makes his college selection official, don’t expect Big Blue to be the choice.

“[Aaron] is still looking at Kentucky and pays attention to their games to see how he’d fit in that system,” says the source. “But he’s glued to the two western schools. He’s a west coast kid and wants to stay in the area…If it wasn’t for John [Calipari] and [Kentucky’s] recent track record, he wouldn’t even be considering a school that far away from home.”

Prior to trimming his list to three schools, Gordon had also weighed offers from Cal, Kansas, New Mexico, Oregon and Stanford. Gordon dubbed Washington the leader for his services during the spring thanks to his inherent relationship with Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar—Romar grew up in the same neighborhood as Aaron’s father—but my source intimates the 6-foot-8 power forward may now be leaning the other way.

“He’s followed both[Arizona and Washington] loosely over the first two months,” acknowledges the source. “And he’s definitely noticed the bigs are featured more at Arizona than they are at Washington. If Arizona’s freshmen continue to grow and the team keeps up its high ranking, it’s hard to see Aaron going anywhere else.”

Added the source: “Winning is critical to Aaron, and with Arizona becoming the premiere program out West under Sean Miller, they definitely have the edge.”

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