SAN JOSE -- When Archbishop Mitty basketball star Aaron Gordon was in grade school, he did a book report on his idol, Magic Johnson.
During his research, Gordon discovered that Johnson was a McDonald's American. It was the first time Gordon had ever heard about the honor.
Thursday, Gordon followed in his idol's footsteps as he was named to this year's McDonald's All-American team.
"That's why I'm excited," Gordon said Thursday night.
Gordon, the reigning California state player of the year, will play for the West in the McDonald's game April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.
The rosters were announced during a selection show on ESPNU.
The 6-foot-8 Gordon, one of the top recruits in the nation, led Mitty to the West Catholic Athletic League championship this season and is aiming to end his high school career with three consecutive state titles.
"I still don't expect anything less," Gordon said.
Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington are on Gordon's list of potential college destinations, but he isn't ready to make his decision.
"I'm just trying to focus on high school," Gordon said.
Next up for Gordon and his Mitty teammates: A date Friday night against Archbishop Riordan in the West Catholic Athletic League tournament semifinals.
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