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Originally published Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

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Huskies expected to host prep hoops star Aaron Gordon on recruiting visit this week

Aaron Gordon, the younger brother of former UCLA recruit Drew Gordon, is a senior forward from San Jose, Calif., considered one of the six best high school players in the country.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Five years ago, Washington finished second in a recruiting race to land Drew Gordon, a highly touted high school basketball prospect who chose UCLA.

He played 1 ½ seasons with the Bruins before transferring in the middle of his sophomore year to New Mexico.

Losing Gordon could help the Huskies land his younger brother Aaron, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound senior forward who is considered one of the top six players in the country.

"Just going through and seeing what was promised and what was delivered, there was some misunderstandings and communication problems on both ends," said Tim Kennedy, Aaron Gordon's coach at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif. "I don't think they were all on the same page. I think Aaron saw that.

"He wants to find somewhere he's going to be comfortable, even if things aren't going well. He wants to be comfortable with the coach."

Enter Lorenzo Romar.

The Washington coach has known Gordon's father, Ed, a former basketball and football player at San Diego State, since they were in high school. Romar also began building a relationship with Aaron while recruiting his older brother.

Gordon lists Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Kentucky and Kansas among his favorites. He also took an unofficial trip to California on Sept. 1.

This week he's one of at least three 2013 prospects expected to visit UW in what could be a pivotal moment in the recruiting season for the Huskies.

Gordon, an athletic big man with a 36-inch vertical leap, is the top prospect on the West Coast and one of 20 five-star prospects ranked by ESPN.

As a junior, he averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks, leading Mitty to a 31-3 record and a second consecutive California Interscholastic Federation Division II state championship.

"He wants to play for a coach and be in a system that's going to exploit his talents," Kennedy said. "One that's going to get up and down because he's pretty deadly in the open floor.

"He wants a place where he can get developed," Kennedy said. "His goal, of course, is to get to the NBA as fast as possible. Those are some of the things that are important to him."

NBAdraft.net projects Gordon will be taken seventh in the 2014 draft.

Washington also is expected to host Darin Johnson and Nigel Williams-Goss.

Johnson, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Sacramento, is a three-star prospect according to ESPN and Rivals.com.

Williams-Goss, a 6-foot-3 point guard who grew up in Happy Valley, Ore., and plays at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., verbally committed to the Huskies in May.

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @percyallen.

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