Aaron Gordon (born September 16, 1995) is an American basketball player and native of San Jose, California, who will play for the Arizona Wildcats where he will be a freshman for the 2013-14 team. He won two state championships in basketball in high school and was California's Mr. Basketball twice. He was MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game in his senior year and was the leading scorer and rebounder for the US gold medal team at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, earning MVP of that tournament. He is the son of former San Diego State basketball star Ed Gordon and Shelly Davis.
1 High school,
2 USA Basketball,
5 Awards and honors,
6 Personal life,
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Aaron attended Archbishop Mitty High School (Calif.) and started on the varsity basketball team for four years and won two Division II basketball championships in his sophomore and junior seasons. He played and defended all five positions in high school. He led Mitty to its third straight state title game in his senior year, but his team lost in the inaugural Open Division final.
As a freshman in 2009-10 Aaron started in 28 of 41 games and averaged 11.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Aaron also competed on the school's track and field team as a thrower and played summer basketball for the Oakland Soldiers.
As a sophomore in 2010-11, he helped his team win Mitty's first state title in basketball. That team also captured the WCAL regular season and playoff crowns, CCS Division II title and Nor-Cal championship. The team finished with a 32-2 record and closed the season on a 20-0 winning streak. He started all 34 games and averaged 16.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. He scored 17 points and hauled in a state championship record 21 rebounds in the 2011 title game.
In his junior year he averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks. In the state basketball tournament he averaged 27.0 points per game before finding out he had been playing with mononucleosis. He was chosen as the Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year. The last junior to be Mr. Basketball in California was Tyson Chandler in 2000 and the one before that was Jason Kidd in 1991.
His senior season he averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.1 assists per game.
High school / college
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San Jose, CA
Archbishop Mitty High School
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
Apr 2, 2013
Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #4 Rivals: #3 ESPN: #4
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Gordon was a member of the 2011 USA U16 FIB Americas gold-medalist team and the 2013 USA U19 gold-medalist team. On the U19 team he was the MVP of the tournament and was one of four high school players on a 13-man team, the rest of the team having one year of college basketball experience. He was also a member of the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team and the USA Basektball 2011-2012 Development National Team.
Gordon committed to Arizona on April 2, 2013, announcing his decision in a press conference before the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game. After a 24-point, 8-rebound performance leading the West to a 110-99 victory Gordon was named the game's MVP.
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Awards and honors:
2013: FIBA Under-19 World Championship MVP,
2013: McDonalds High School All-American Game MVP,
2011: MaxPreps.com Sophomore All-America first team,
2011: San Jose Mercury News/San Francisco Chronicle Boys Basketball Player of the Year,
2011: West Catholic Athletic League, California Interscholastic Federation, Central Coast Section and Cal-Sports Player of the Year,
He is the son of former San Diego State basketball star Ed Gordon. Ed's grandfather was an Osage Indian who was seven feet tall and Ed made the New England Patriots football team as a tight end. Aaron's older brother, Drew Gordon, is a former basketball player for the New Mexico Lobos and UCLA Bruins. His sister Elisabeth, plays collegiately for the Harvard women's basketball team. As an eight year old Aaron qualified to compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Junior Olympics, but chose to play in a basketball tournament.