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|No. 00 – Orlando Magic|
September 16, 1995 |
San Jose, California
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Archbishop Mitty
(San Jose, California)
|NBA draft||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|Career highlights and awards|
Aaron Addison Gordon (born September 16, 1995) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the University of Arizona.
High school career
Gordon 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.
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. On February 13, 2014, he was named one of the 30 finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year. He was named to the All-Pac-12 first team.
In April 2014, Gordon declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.
Awards and honors
- High school
- 2013: USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
- 2013: FIBA Under-19 World Championship MVP
- 2013: McDonalds High School All-American Game MVP
- Jordan Brand All-American (2013)
- 2× California Mr. Basketball (2012-2013)
- 2× CIF State Champion (2011-2012)
- 2× CIF State Division II Champion (2011-2012)
- 3× CIF Northern California Champion (2011-2013)
- CIF Northern California Open Division Champion (2013)
- 2× CIF Northern California Division II Champion (2011-2012)
- 4× CIF CCS Champion (2010-2013)
- CIF CCS Open Division Champion (2013)
- 3× CIF CCS Division II Champion (2010-2012)
- MaxPreps.com All-American First Team (2013)
- San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year (2013)
- San Jose Mercury News First Team (2013)
- Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area CCS Player of the Year (2013)
- 6× WCAL Champion (2011, 2011², 2012, 2012², 2013, 2013²)
- 3× WCAL Playoffs Champion (2011-2013)
- 3× WCAL Regular Season Champion (2011-2013)
- 3× Ed Fennelly WCAL Player of the Year Award (2011-2013)
- 4× All-WCAL Honors
- 3× All-WCAL First Team (2011-2013)
- All-WCAL Second Team (2010)
- Freshman student-athlete of the year (2014)
- Pac-12 Tournament All-tournament team (2014)
- AP Honorable Mention (2014)
- 2014 NCAA Tournament's West Regional all-tournament team (2014)
- Individual All-America teams (2014)
- Third All-America Team– Sporting News (2014)
- USBWA All-District team (2014)
- NABC All District Second Team (2014)
- All-Pac-12 first team (2014)
- Pac-12 All-Freshman Team (2014)
- Pac-12 Freshman of the Year (2014)
- 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament Team (2014)
- CBS Sports and U.S. Basketball Writers Association Freshman Of The Week Honors (2014)
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 Basketball 2011-2012 Development National Team.
Gordon is the son of former San Diego State basketball star Ed Gordon who is African-American and part Native American through his grandfather and Shelly Davis a White American. Ed's grandfather was an Osage Indian who was seven feet tall. Ed reportedly made the New England Patriots football team as a tight end, but chose to pursue a basketball career. Gordon's older brother, Drew, 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, Gordon qualified to compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Junior Olympics, but chose instead to play in a basketball tournament.
- Telep, Dave (April 2, 2013). "Aaron Gordon commits to Arizona". ESPN.com.
- "Aaron Gordon earns MVP at McDonald's All-America game". Associated Press. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- "2013-14 Men's Naismith Trophy Midseason 30". Naismith Awards. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
- "2013-14 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Pac-12 Conference. March 10, 2014. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014.
- Magic Draft Gordon at No. 4; Trade for Payton
- Magic Sign Gordon and Payton
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