San Jose's Aaron Gordon has been named the 2013 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

Gordon helped the USA to a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships and has played a key role as a freshman leading Arizona to a 17-0 record and No. 1 national ranking.

"It's a great honor," Gordon, a graduate of Archbishop Mitty High, said in a statement. "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."

Coming off the bench in all nine games at the U19 World Championships, Gordon averaged team-highs of 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game to go along with 2.0 steals in 18.8 minutes per game. He was named MVP of the 16-team tournament.

Former Archbishop Mitty High star Aaron Gordon is enjoying a sensational freshman season so far for the No. 1 rated Arizona Wildcats.
Former Archbishop Mitty High star Aaron Gordon is enjoying a sensational freshman season so far for the No. 1 rated Arizona Wildcats. (Associated Press)

"To earn MVP of the U19 tournament is remarkable, and to do it while coming off the bench is incredible," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. "We are very proud to recognize his performance with this award."

Gordon also contributed nine points for the 2013 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team, which lost to the World Select Team 112-98 on April 20 in Portland.

At Arizona, Gordon is averaging 12.2 points and 7.9 rebounds for a Wildcats' team off to the best start in school history.



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