In the most prestigious high school all-star basketball game, the newly Arizona Wildcat commit, Aaron Gordon was the star and earned the John R. Wooden MVP award. He started the game with an exclamation dunk for the West team’s first two points and never looked back. This would be the first of 9 dunks to come in the game. He went on to grab 8 rebounds and score 24 points (10-17), 14 of which came in the first half, leading all scorers and his team to a 110-99 victory. Meanwhile for the East team, the other U of A commit Rondae Hollis- Jefferson was very active on both sides of the court. He pressed full-court defense by himself for parts of the game and was able to get a 10 second violation on one possession. On offense he showed how well he can get to the rim drawings fouls, getting to the free throw line, as well as getting his teammates involved. He finished with 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Both of these All-Americans will look to fill the absence of Solomon Hill at the 3 spot for the Cats. The duo will be very hard to defend, as they are versatile in so many ways. They both pose matchup problems for the average college basketball SF, as they are 6′-7″ (Hollis-Jefferson) and 6′-8″ (Gordon). Rondae is a lefty and reminds me a lot of Andre Igu0dala with his length and contribution to all aspects of the game; defense, scoring, rebounds, and most importantly assists. Rondae has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor, also enabling him to play multiple positions. Gordon, on the other hand draws comparison’s to NBA star Blake Griffin, and not just because they look similar with red hair. Gordon plays like Griffin; he explodes to the rim, he bangs down low on the glass, plays tough defense, and he has a decent shot.
Joining these two studs in Arizona’s 2013 recruiting class is the #20 shooting guard in the nation; Elliot Pitts. Pitts has a quick first step, enabling him to get past his defender to the rim often or settle for an easy jump-shot. His stroke is very smooth and usually finds the bottom of the net, although he can be streaky from long range at times. He will look to compete against Gabe York for time at the 2 guard spot backing up Nick Johnson. Arizona was already looking at a flurry of talent on the roster for the upcoming year, but with the addition of the two All-Americans with fellow ESPN100 commit Elliot Pitts the Wildcats are an early favorite to not only win the Pac 12, but the National Championship.