Aaron Gordon

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Aaron Gordon
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No. 00 – Orlando Magic
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-09-16) September 16, 1995 (age 19)
San Jose, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Archbishop Mitty
(San Jose, California)
College Arizona (2013–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards

Aaron Addison Gordon (born September 16, 1995)[1] 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[edit]

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.[2] He led Mitty to its third straight state title game in his senior year, but his team lost in the inaugural Open Division final.[3]

Freshman Year[edit]

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.

Sophomore Year[edit]

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.

Junior Year[edit]

In his junior year he averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks.[4] In the state basketball tournament he averaged 27.0 points per game before finding out he had been playing with mononucleosis.[2] 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.[4]

Senior Year[edit]

His senior season he averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.1 assists per game.[3]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Aaron Gordon
F
San Jose, CA Archbishop Mitty High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 2, 2013 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #4   Rivals: #3  ESPN: #4
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

Gordon committed to Arizona on April 2, 2013, announcing his decision in a press conference before the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game.[5] After a 24-point, 8-rebound performance leading the West to a 110–99 victory Gordon was named the game's MVP.[6] On February 13, 2014, he was named one of the 30 finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year.[7] He was named to the All-Pac-12 first team.[8]

In April 2014, Gordon declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Arizona 38 38 31.2 .495 .356 .422 8.0 2.0 1.0 .9 12.4
Career 38 38 31.2 .495 .356 .422 8.0 2.0 1.0 .9 12.4

Awards and honors[edit]

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)
  • California Mr. Basketball (2012-2013)
  • CIF State Champion (2011-2012)
  • CIF State Division II Champion (2011-2012)
  • CIF Northern California Champion (2011-2013)
  • CIF Northern California Open Division Champion (2013)
  • CIF Northern California Division II Champion (2011-2012)
  • CIF CCS Champion (2010-2013)
  • CIF CCS Open Division Champion (2013)
  • 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)
  • WCAL Champion (2011, 2011², 2012, 2012², 2013, 2013²)
  • WCAL Playoffs Champion (2011-2013)
  • 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)
College
  • 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)

NBA career[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Gordon was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic.[9] On July 2, 2014, he signed with the Magic.[10]

International career[edit]

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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

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.[12] 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.[2] 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.[2]

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