CHICAGO, Ill.- Both the East and the West squads had competitive practices Monday in preparation for the McDonald's All American Game, and no one made a stronger impression than Aaron Gordon.
Aaron Gordon is coveted for good reason.
West Squad notes
The No. 5 ranked prospect by 247Sports and the No. 6 ranked prospect in the 247Composite, Gordon repeatedly got wherever he wanted to get on the court with the dribble. He still prefers his right hand but was going to the left more often than in the past. Gordon's finishing was hit or miss, but his athleticism is on a level that only Andrew Wiggins can match in the 2013 class. As his game tightens up, Gordon becomes more and more like a Shawn Marion type player or even better.
Gordon, who is down to Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington, will announce his college decision tomorrow.
Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison were impressive as expected during the practice. It is their strength that set the twins apart from their competitors. On top of their dominant strength, they are the most skilled guards in the class. Expect great things immediately from the twins at Kentucky.
Another eye catcher for the West was LSU recruit Jarell Martin. At 6-9, Martin has strength and moves well. He can bang down low as well as stretch the defense as a pick and pop type four man. Martin will bring a lot of versatility to the LSU frontline.
Duke recruit Jabari Parker had some impressive drives to the basket as he continues to work himself back into shape and regain his athleticism.
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington recruit, did a nice job distributing the basketball.
Andrew Wiggins shot well from the outside.
East Squad notes
No. 1 ranked Andrew Wiggins played up to the billing on Monday. His athleticism is a given but Wiggins impressed with his outside shot during the practice.
Speaking of outside shooting, Keith Frazier was lights out throughout the practice. At 6-6 Frazier shoots with athleticism, deep range and supreme confidence. A hand in the face has no effect on him. Frazier also appears to be making a concerted effort to improve the other aspects of his game.
Down to SMU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, Frazier will likely end up at local school SMU.
The strength of the East squad are their post players, and the play in the paint was physical and rough. None played with more aggression than Kentucky recruit Julius Randle.
North Carolina recruit Isaiah Hicks impressed with his lateral quickness defending the perimeter. Hicks has a lot of similarities to former North Carolina star Brandan Wright. Hicks is a great fit for the North Carolina system.
Of the low post players in the game, Florida recruit Chris Walker is the bounciest of the bunch.
Both Kansas recruit Wayne Selden and Arizona recruit Rondae Hollis-Jefferson impressed with their versatile games. They can play multiple positions on both sides of the basketball.