Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller says there’s “no prima-donna” in Aaron Gordon claims the freshman forward’s approach is “drop-dead professional.”

He’s a rarity Gordon is.

There’s the unreal talent.

There are all the accomplishments (MVP of McDonald’s All-America Game MVP of the U19 world championships last summer) all the expectations (high NBA lottery pick in 2014 potential MVP of the Pac-12) all the pats on the back.

“He’s a monster” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said at Thursday’s Pac-12 Media Day.

And yet the thing Miller can’t stop raving about is how Gordon is unspoiled by success unfazed by his potential.

“The first thing to understand about Aaron is he may be the hardest worker in our conference” Miller said today on the Pac-12 Networks.

“He’s the hardest worker on our team. He is the earliest to practice every day and the last to leave. And he’s a great teammate.

“He’s earned the right to have high expectations and the praise but how he’s handled it to me is the greatest gift he’s given to our team.”

Junior guard Nick Johnson who has known Gordon since their AAU days echoed the sentiment about the Gordon being a willing learner about knowing that he doesn’t know it all at 18 years old.

“When he first got here this summer he sent me a text and told me anything you want to tell me to help ease my transition go for it” Johnson said. “Coming from a McDonald’s All-American and that highly rated of a player I knew right away what kind of person we had in him. He’s a joy to be around.”

When Gordon (6-9 225) arrives early and stays late after practice he is working on his shooting. Can he threaten teams with his jumper? Can he be an all-around small forward?

He’ll go around the arc shooting mid-range jumpers. Then 3-pointers. He’ll shoot on the move. Take a dribble and shoot. He’ll make himself drain two in a row from a spot before moving on put some pressure on himself. Shoot. Shoot. Shoot.

“My jumper is a lot better” he said at last month’s Arizona Media Day.

“That’s one thing I’m really happy about. I need to be able to make shots when people pass me the ball and I’m open.”