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How does Arizona Wildcats’ Aaron Gordon compare to other standout freshmen?


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WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY RATING?:
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)

RIVALS.COM CLASS OF 2013
TOP 10 PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Rank – Rivals.com ranking of 2013 class. I – Ineligible until January.
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NAU (3-7) VS.
ARIZONA (11-0)

Tip: 8:05 p.m. MST
Television: Pac-12 Networks (Paul Sunderland/Matt Muehlebach)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91; XM 91
Rankings: Arizona – No. 1 Associated Press/No. 1 USA Today Coaches Poll; Northern Arizona – Not ranked in either.

Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon

Given the circumstances that Arizona coach Sean Miller’s team is balanced and Aaron Gordon has not yet found his stride, the freshman standout compares favorably with other standout freshmen.

The productivity rating posted to the left indicates that Kentucky’s Julius Randle is playing as advertised at Kentucky leading a list of talented freshmen. The list includes Rivals.com’s Top 10-ranked players in the Class of 2013.

ESPN.com college basketball writer Jeff Goodman ranks his Top 10 freshmen periodically. Goodman has Gordon ranked fourth behind Duke’s Jabari Parker, Randle and Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis (who was No. 22 in the Rivals Class of 2013 rankings).

The Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan also compiles “Fab Four” freshmen ranking of Randle, Parker, Gordon and Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins. Fagan rates Gordon third among that group.

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ARIZONA OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY RATING
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ARIZONA’S STRENGTHS VS. WEAKNESSES
Per NCAA national statistic rankings out of 345 Division I teams
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Arizona is No. 1 and 12-0 despite deficiencies with turnovers, fouls, steals, free-throw shooting and number of three-pointers made. Arizona is solid with its rebounding, defense and overall shooting percentage. The Wildcats are taking smart shots by taking advantage of their size inside.

ARIZONA AS NO. 1 TEAM
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WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and TucsonCitizen.com.

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