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Aaron Gordon’s athleticism and motor have drawn comparison to Blake Griffin.
“I think it’s unfair to put that on Aaron,” said Sean Miller, who will coach Gordon at Arizona this season. “I don’t know if he’s as much of a post player as Blake Griffin is. Aaron might not even be as big physically as Blake Griffin. ... But he does some other things that are much different. He’s much more fluid away from the basket entering his freshman year, I think if you would make that comparison at equal time, than Blake Griffin [was]. The one thing they share is athleticism in and around the basket or in transition.”
Gordon has shown the ability to play both inside and out.
“What he does, he does a little bit of everything,” Miller said. “And he can really handle the ball. He’s an unselfish passer, he’s great in transition. He can rebound at both ends. From a defensive perspective, it’s like he’s an upperclassman. He can guard a variety of players. And he takes that part of his game seriously. ... I’m almost describing an older player and yet Aaron just turned 18 years old.”
J.P. Macura has narrowed his list of schools to Minnesota, Creighton, Xavier, Purdue and Iowa State.
Macura will take an official visit to Xavier on Sept. 6 and likely Iowa State on Sept. 15.
The 6-foot-5 Macura eliminated Butler from consideration when Brad Stevens took the Boston Celtics job.
“I had a good relationship with the new head coach and most of the players when I went on a visit,” Macura told Gopherhole.com. “It is hard to say no to them, but I think it was a good choice because Brad (Stevens) is not there and that is a huge, huge thing for him to be there.”
Arizona received a verbal commitment from Craig Victor, a highly-touted 6-foot-8 forward out of New Orleans St. Augustine.
Victor turned down offers from LSU and Oklahoma State.
“The situation with (head coach) Sean Miller and Arizona as a program is that they are a big-time college basketball program,” said Graegg Holmes, director of Victor’s AAU program, New Orleans Elite. “He’s seen the draft picks that they’ve been having. His ultimate goal, and hopefully it happens for him, is to become a pro.
“(College) is just a stepping stone to what he ultimately wants to do. Oklahoma State and LSU could have prepared him as they’ve had people get drafted too. But how things have happened in the past, that really swayed him.”
Andre Roberson canceled a Friday press conference at which he was scheduled to announce whether he would enter the NBA draft.
The deadline is 10 p.m. Sunday for non-seniors to declare for the draft.
"It's a big decision, an emotional decision," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "Especially for Andre, when you want something (professional career) so much and you're also at a place (CU) that is so special to him, you're torn.
"Andre sees the benefits and risks of both, and he's weighing those benefits and risks. At the end of the day, he'll do what's best for him."
Grant Jerrett has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.
A 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward, Jerrett averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in in his first and only season at Arizona.
Jerrett shot 40.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.
“I would like to wish Grant well as he pursues his goal of becoming a part of the NBA,” Wildcats coach Sean Miller said in a statement. “Not only is Grant a talented player, but he is an even better person with a wonderful and supportive family. I look forward to helping him in any way that I can as he moves forward in his basketball career.”
Jerrett is expected to sign with agent Brian Dyke.
Trey Burke hopes to make his decision Sunday about whether to enter the NBA draft.
“I think that will be the day that I decide,” said Burke, who is currently in Los Angeles to receive the John Wooden Award. “I think it’s time to make a decision so I can move forward and kind of get the (national title loss) in the past so I can move forward.”
Burke has been listed as a lottery pick most mock drafts.
"I've been hearing different things, top 10 pick, mid first-round, things like that," Burke said. "I really won't know until the draft, really, there's a lot that goes into this process. That's why I feel like I need to take my time.
"A decision like this, you don't want to make too quick of a decision. You want to make the right one and do what's best for you and your future."