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November 28, 2012
Why Gordon is a crucial piece
The Washington basketball program is on a path towards the bottom of the conference standings. The Huskies have looked horrid to start their season, and they will have to improve a lot if they are to be competitive in the Pac-12.
Coming into this year there were reasons to be cautiously optimistic. It was possible the loss of Tony Wroten would benefit the team, creating a much steadier and organized offense. Everyone knew the loss of Terrence Ross would definitely be a blow, but getting a healthy Scott Suggs back would fill the void.
There was plenty of hype surrounding Andrew Andrews and we thought the emergence of Jernard Jarreau would be huge addition. These were all expectations, and when expectations aren't fulfilled it changes everything.
Five games into the season it's time to revise our expectations.
If Romar can successful out duel John Calipari and Sean Miller for the commitment of Aaron Gordon, the Huskies are immediately a Top-20 team. Adding Gordon to the mix with Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson, and Perris Blackwell (transfer) would propel the Huskies to big time contender status.
We don't know how they would gel right away, but all four would be getting significant time, and at least two of them would start right away. Gordon would draw so much attention inside the perimeter it would open up shots for Wilcox and Johnson. Gordon is that explosive player inside the perimeter that every school dreams about having.
Although Gordon is most likely a one and done player, landing him in purple and gold would possibly create a domino affect. UW has never landed a player with as much hype. It could reach out to other recruits by showing that the Dawgs are a serious basketball program and produce NBA talent.