Archbishop Mitty's Aaron Gordon announced Tuesday that he will play college basketball for Arizona.

The 6-foot-8 forward, one of the nation's premier high school players, chose Arizona over Kentucky, Oregon and Washington.

The decision ended months of speculation and came a day before Gordon plays in the McDonald's All-American game in Chicago.

Gordon made the announcement under the spotlight of the McDonald's game media day, sitting at a table with hats representing his four finalists.

"It's an absolutely outstanding fit for me -- 7-footer, two large four men," Gordon said in a phone interview minutes after the announcement. "They're long, athletic, get up and down the floor.

"They also have a point guard with T.J. McConnell, and they also have Nick Johnson who can guard anywhere. So with three long defensive players on the wings, I think we're going to be a hard team to score on."

Asked what his goals are for college, Gordon said, "National title -- definitely."

Ranked No. 4 in ESPN's list of top 100 recruits from the Class of 2013, Gordon led Mitty to West Catholic Athletic League, Central Coast Section and Northern California championships this season, averaging 21.6 points and 15.7 rebounds per game.

Now that the announcement is out, Gordon said it feels as if a weight has been lifted from his shoulders.

"I can just focus on bigger and better things and just playing basketball -- not worried about suppressing a secret," he added.


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Gordon had known for weeks where he was going but kept it under wraps. He called Tuesday's announcement special and more eventful than he anticipated.

"It was crazy," he said. "There was a lot more people than I expected."

Arizona reached the Sweet 16 this season, losing to Ohio State on a buzzer-beating shot but is expected to be among the favorites to reach the Final Four next year.

"I think it's a perfect fit, with what they have coming back and their style of play," Mitty coach Tim Kennedy said. "He's going to excel. He would be a perfect fit for anybody because he's just a great basketball player -- so versatile."

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