Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon was named by USA basketball as the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year Tuesday morning.
“It’s a great honor,” Gordon said in a press release. “USA Basketball is a really good program. I respect everybody associated with USA Basketball, so for them to recognize me as Male Athlete of the Year is an incredible feeling.”
After graduating from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. in the spring of 2013, Gordon was named the MVP of the 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championship where he helped the United States win a gold medal. He was also given the MVP award at the 2013 McDonald’s High School All-American Game.
As a Wildcat, the 18-year-old has only continued his success from the summer. Gordon has started in all 17 of Arizona’s games this season and has averaged 12.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
The award was first given to future Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Isaiah Thomas in 1980, and since then, 33 other basketball players and two U.S. Olympic teams have been given the title. Other notable award winners that Gordon joins include LeBron James (2012), Kevin Durant (2010) and Michael Jordan (1983 and 1984).
Gordon and Arizona will play next on Thursday Jan. 16 as they host ASU in the McKale Center.
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