USA shines in Cancun, Gordon makes his move

27 Jun

Is Aaron Gordon the top player in the class of 2013? (Picture by USA Basketball)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

While the U19 team struggled in game one of the World Championships, the U16 team swept the competition in Cancun last week.

Paced by the overall power of Aaron Gordon, star strength of Jabari Parker and the inside presence of Jahlil Okafor, the younger Americans made quick work of the international field and won the gold medal in undefeated fashion.

The competition didn’t come close to the Americans and the kids from the States didn’t let any team closer than 20 points.

It was a total team effort, yes, but I look at the results and the manner in which the Americans won, I am left with a major question.

Is Aaron Gordon the top player in the class of 2013?

Admittedly, I haven’t seen all of the class of 2013. In fact, I haven’t seen much of it at all. But I do wonder when Gordon enters the discussion as the top player in the class. Analysts rave about his work ethic. Coaches that I have talked to that have been in to see him love his college potential. Clearly, he’s a producer at the competitive levels of high school, grassroots and international levels.

Scout.com ranks Gordon as the No. 6 player in the nation. Rivals.com has him at No. 7 overall. ESPN has him at No. 9.

Gordon showed off his overall game in Cancun. He was great at Pangos, according to the pundits. He shined at the EYBL event in Virginia. The summer stage could be the venue where Gordon makes his move.

The momentum is there. He’s improving at every step along the way. As usual, the debate will come down to potential versus production. Gordon is leaning on the side of production. He could be leaning on the side of climbing up the lists, too.

SCORING LEADERS
Aaron Gordon 17
Jabari Parker 15.4
Jahlil Okafor 14.6
Theo Pinson 11.5
Justin Jackson 10.4

REBOUNDING LEADERS
Aaron Gordon 11.2
Jahlil Okafor 9.2
Jabari Parker 6.4
Theo Pinson 6.3
Jonathan Williams 4.6

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