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Report: Arizona’s Aaron Gordon to enter NBA draft

Apr 14, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

Arizona forward Aaron Gordon wanted to make sure he’s ready to declare for the NBA draft.

He’s ready.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Aaron Gordon will announce this week he’s entering the 2014 NBA draft, source told Yahoo Sports.

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Since a report emerged a couple weeks ago Gordon was leaning toward declaring for the draft, my opinion of him hasn’t changed:

Gordon is athletic enough to overcome being a bit small – 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds – for an NBA power forward. He can jump out of the gym, and his high effort level makes him an excellent defender.

He must polish his offensive game, though. Making 16-of-45 3-pointers (36 percent) gives some hope of unreached potential, but his 76-of-180 free-throw shooting (42 percent) gives a much larger indication of how rough around the edges he is.

Overall, Gordon averaged 12.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals.

However, Jabari Parker has yet to declare for the draft, and Julius Randle is still hedging. I still would guess both will turn pro, but their delays in doing so at least open the door for Gordon to become a top five pick. Either way, I don’t expect him to slip from the top 10.

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