Even though Cal and the Cats are in NYC, Aaron Gordon has arrived in Lexington for his official visit. From his Twitter feed:
Beautiful day to visit University of Kentucky#lastbutnotleast
— Aaron Gordon (@_AG_32) November 9, 2012
This visit is the last of five for Gordon, who has also visited Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Kansas.
Gordon’s coach Tim Kennedy told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts that Calipari made an impression on his family during his in-home visit, posing for pictures with kids in the neighborhood, the only coach to do so. He likened Cal’s visit to what we’ve seen on ESPN’s All-Access special, which Kennedy said he watched regularly:
“I think it’s pretty much like what you’ve seen with his shows on the Kentucky All-Access on ESPN there,” Kennedy said. “He lets you know, ‘We want you. We don’t need you, but we want you. We’re Kentucky and this is who we are, this is what we’re about, and this is how we do things.’ I think he’s very up front with guys and lets them know that he’s going to take care of you and you’re going to become better.
“He goes through what it’s going to entail being a Kentucky basketball player. And it’s definitely something that, as a basketball player, it’s appealing. You have all of the facilities. You have the great fan base. You’re going to be playing on the biggest stage.”
When asked if he thought Gordon could handle splitting playing time with the rest of UK’s 2013 mega class, Kennedy said the talented power forward wouldn’t have any problem and could “blend in to any situation.” Kennedy said Gordon’s competitiveness and versatility are his strengths, calling him a player that will do anything to help the team win, even if it means doubling down on defense instead of offense.
Sounds like a Calipari player to me. Enjoy your stay, Aaron.