Aaron Gordon's team had just lost to Lone Peak (Alpine, Utah) by 35 points on Jan. 21, but even in a losing effort, Gordon put on a show, scoring 27 points, including several spectacular dunks and pulling down 12 rebounds.
Gordon, a 6-8, 223-pound forward, draws a lot of attention for his powerful slams, but he's also a great passer, and has led the Monarchs to consecutive Division II state titles.
The preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA player has narrowed his college choices to Arizona, Kentucky and Washington. He comes from a basketball family. His father Ed played at San Diego State and his older brother Drew, who played at UCLA and New Mexico, is playing professionally in Serbia. His older sister Elise is a junior center for Harvard.
Gordon is the focus of this week's American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch.
Until April, when the postseason ALL-USA boys basketball team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This week’s player: Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) small forward.
2012-3 stats thus far: Averaging 22.3 points and 15.2 rebounds per game.
Best Games: He averaged 29.5 points a game through four games in the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore., in late December, including a 43-point, 15-rebound game in a 80-70 defeat of Southridge (Beaverton, Ore.) on Dec. 26.
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Others’ Take: "Aaron's such a good defender that he can defend the post or guard a wing. That's how versatile he is. He's a total competitor and he won't back down from anybody." -- Archbishop Mitty coach Tim Kennedy
Look Out For: Chester, Pa., 6-7 small forward Rondae Jefferson, who is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jefferson had 18 points and 15 rebounds in a 63-61 defeat of Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia) on Dec. 28, including a dunk where he caught his own pass off a the backboard that made SportsCenter's highlights. The Arizona signee's best game was against Lake Wales, Fla., where he had 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight steals and six assists in a 78-64 win at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers on Dec. 21.
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