Orlando love Gordon’s toughness; other notes on Arizona’s basketball class

  • Marcus Burnan
(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

The NBA Draft kicked off this past Thursday and a former member of the Arizona Wildcats was taen within the first five picks.

Aaron Gordon, who played only a year for the Wildcats before declaring for the NBA Draft as a freshman, was taken with the fourth overall pick by the Orland Magic.  Gordon was the youngest player in the draft class.

The Orlando Magic said they loved Gordon’s competitiveness and his toughness.

“We loved his competitiveness and his toughness,” Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan told reporters. “We love his desire to want to play defense and compete at that end of the floor. As the draft started to fall and shake out, we felt it was worth it to go and acquire him with some of the assets that we have.”

Gordon was one of four players from Arizona schools who in the draft pool for the 2014 NBA Draft.  Fellow Wildcat, Nick Johnson, was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 42nd overall pick in the second round.

Unfortunately it was not a good draft for the Arizona State Sun Devils.  Both of their players who declared for the draft – guard Jarii Carson and center Jordan Bachynski – both went undrafted.  Carson will play for the Houston Rockets in the NBA Summer League while Bachynski will suit up for the Charlotte Hornets.

Aaron Gordon was the PAC-12’s Freshman of the Year.  He averaged 12.4 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game.

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