November 12, 2012

Aaron Gordon recaps official visit to Kentucky

After a long weekend of traveling across the country and back, five-star senior forward Aaron Gordon came away convinced that Kentucky is a place that he could see himself eventually signing with.

In fact, Gordon's father, Ed Gordon, had positive words to quickly describe the family's visit to Lexington. Pleasantly surprised.

"The visit went really, really well," Ed Gordon said. "We were pleasantly surprised about a program that to be honest we didn't know a whole lot about going in. It was a very positive experience."

To the Gordon family the visit had everything that they are looking for their son. The facilities, tradition, coaching staff, and brotherhood of the players all exceed the expectations that the San Jose (Cal.) natives had in their minds.

"The coaches and staff were great," said Gordon. "We've grown close with John Calipari, he really took good care of us."

"One thing that stood out was that the players were extremely close for being such a new group of guys. I think that's a testament to John Calipari, and also extremely impressive."

As Aaron saw the closeness of the team, Kentucky began to become a school that the 6-foot-7 combo forward, who is ranked no. 6 in the 2013 Rivals150, felt that he could play at next season.

"The facilities were outstanding. It's definitely a place that Aaron could see himself playing in, they're right in the thick of things," Gordon said.

With five finalists in place - Kentucky, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Kansas - all five of whom the family has officially visited, Aaron Gordon felt compelled last night to send a Tweet saying that, "This is going to be a tough decision."

But, after previously being considered a lock to stay on the west coast for college, Gordon's father says that the family has been persuaded that distance is an absolute non-factor in their decision.

"Once you get to school, you're there. He's not going to be doing that kind of back and forth travel. It's really a matter of how much we, as parents, can get out to see him. But that's not a problem."

Unlike the last Californian to visit Kentucky, in committed power forward Marcus Lee, a commitment from Gordon is unlikely to come this week, or even in the next couple of months in all likelihood.

"He's leaning towards deciding in the spring. It's not a definite thing, but he's leaning towards it," Ed Gordon said.

"We really would like to spend some time watching the five programs in action before making that final decision."

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