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Aaron Gordon to announce decision Tuesday

Aaron Gordon likes the idea of playing on the perimeter for Arizona if he chooses to play with the Wildcats (YouTube)

Aaron Gordon likes the idea of playing on the perimeter for Arizona if he chooses to play with the Wildcats (YouTube) recruiting guru Evan Daniels reported tonight that Arizona basketball recruiting target Aaron Gordon will announce his decision Tuesday at 9 a.m. Tucson time during the McDonald’s All-American Game press conference in Chicago.

Gordon, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, has narrowed his choices to Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky.

Daniels writes in the premium story that Gordon “has been sitting on his college decision for over a month.”

Former Washington guard Eldridge Recasner mentioned last week on his Twitter handle that “a little birdie” said Gordon has “told Sean Miller he’s going to Zona.”

Daniels tweeted tonight that new UCLA coach Steve Alford tried to get in the mix, but Gordon told him it was too late. Alford coached Gordon’s older brother, Drew Gordon, at New Mexico after the older Gordon transferred from UCLA.

If Gordon signs with Arizona, the Wildcats will use his athleticism on the perimeter, similar to how Miller and his staff used Derrick Williams from 2009-11 and Kevin Parrom this season. Gordon primarily played power forward in high school and AAU basketball, but welcomes the opportunity to broaden his skills on the perimeter, according to Daniels’ report.

He told Daniels he loves the idea of playing on the wing.

“I definitely need to work more on it and that’s what I’m going to do because that’s where I see myself in the future and that’s where I think I’ll be,” Gordon told Daniels. “I think I’ll be too big for most threes and twos and too fast for fours and fives.”

Gordon also discussed with Evans the positives of playing with Kentucky, Oregon and Washington.

If Gordon decides to join Miller’s program, the lineup in 2013-14 could be similar to what Arizona saw this season, substituting another McDonald’s All-American Rondae Jefferson in place of Solomon Hill, Gordon in place of Parrom and Duquesne transfer T.J. McConnell in place of Mark Lyons.

It could look like this:

PG — McConnell/Jordin Mayes

SG — Nick Johnson/Gabe York/Elliott Pitts

SF — Jefferson/Grant Jerrett

PF — Gordon/Brandon Ashley/Angelo Chol

C — Kaleb Tarczewski/Matt Korcheck

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner


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