CHICAGO — Some lucky college coach already knows that he’ll have McDonald’s All-American Aaron Gordon on his team next season.
The rest of us will have to wait until Tuesday to know who that coach is.
Gordon, the No. 6 prospect in the country according to Scout.com, will announce his college decision during McDonald’s media day festivities, which begin at 12:30 p.m. ET.
The 6-foot-8 power forward from San Jose, Calif., is down to four schools: Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington. He singled out Sean Miller, John Calipari, Dana Altman and Lorenzo Romar as “great coaches” after McDonald’s practice Monday.
But he’ll play for only one of them, and that coach has already received a commitment from Gordon, who said he decided on a school about four weeks ago.
On Monday, Gordon listed what he liked about each finalist.
“Arizona has a shooting program with a good front line and a good backcourt.”
“At Washington, I’d be able to play 1 through 4 so I’d be able to show my game off completely. Romar would put me in certain spots that I would absolutely thrive.”
“Oregon is a young team. Altman is another one of those coaches that would put me in situations where I’d need to thrive. Great facilities, so I’d be able to take care of my body very well.”
“Kentucky — so much competition. The competition level would be absolutely incredible every practice. It would just make you better. They live, eat and breathe basketball.”
Gordon said the addition of Julius Randle makes UK “a lot more appealing” as a destination, but few — if any — analysts are predicting that he’ll wind up joining the Cats’ No. 1-ranked recruiting class.
If Gordon has chosen a program other than UK, he at least humored reporters with questions about what the practices would be like next season in Lexington.
“It’d be like a McDonald’s All-American practice, except more structure,” he said. “Much more intense because everybody’s playing for playing time.”
Randle obviously doesn’t think Gordon will end up wearing blue and white. The newest UK commitment was asked which school he thought Gordon would select.
“I have no clue,” he replied. “Who is it between?”
When told the four finalists, Randle offered a guess.
“I’ll say Arizona.”