Aaron Gordon Isn't in the Wiggins-Parker-Randle Class, But He's Very Explosive

By Jason McIntyre

Aaron Gordon, yet another outstanding freshman in college basketball, flushed this dunk – or “throwdown” to folks who think it wasn’t technically a slam – against San Diego State in the Wildcats’ win Thursday night. That’s levitation.

All the hype (deservedly) will go to Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, but Gordon is certainly worth keeping an eye on. His line against SDSU: 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals, two blocks, two assists. Gordon only got to the line twice, but he’s much more raw offensively than the other three freshman listed above. He had double-doubles in the first two games. The Wildcats are 3-0.

We’ll be examining the 2014 draft throughout the season, and right now, Gordon falls into that 4-8 range with players like Gary Harris of Michigan State, Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, and Dante Exum, a bouncy 6-foot-6 Australian who turned 18 in July.

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