Rush The Court caught up with Aaron Gordon on Thursday night and asked the top-10 prospect about the state of his recruitment.
If you want to read anything into the flow of the interview — and those who follow recruiting read something into everything — things could be looking OK for Kentucky.
Gordon was asked what he liked about his three finalists: Arizona, UK and Washington.
“Let’s start with Kentucky,” Gordon said. “Kentucky is a winning organization. (John) Calipari’s a very winning coach. It’s just a basketball program. The Wildcat Lodge is right across the street from the gym. You can get in 24 hours a day. … It’s almost like business. If you really want to play basketball, that’s the place to go.
“The only con is it’s pretty far out there just to play basketball.”
Most analysts have been consistent in predicting that the San Jose native will stay on the West Coast and attend one of the two Pac-12 schools on his list.
ESPN’s Dave Telep told the Herald-Leader last week that he considered UK “a long shot with Aaron Gordon at this point.”
But Gordon spent most of the Rush the Court interview talking about Kentucky.
After saying a few nice things about Arizona and Washington, Gordon returned to the Cats.
“One other positive about Kentucky is there’s so many good players going there,” he said, adding that he has talked to UK signee Marcus Lee and a few others about possibly playing in Lexington.
Is Gordon more serious about UK than the experts think? Or is he trying to let the Cats down easy?
Fans of his three finalists will have to wait to find out. Gordon said there’s no timetable for his decision and he doesn’t expect to pick a college until after the high school season.