A basketball player who could pass to the big guys like no one had ever seen. He's a small white kid who was under-recruited. No, I'm not talking about Steve Nash. I'm talking about Jared Jordan. He's that point guard from Marist College. He knows the game, is aggressive with the ball, and is a flat-out AMAZING passer. Does anyone remember last November's Old Spice Classic where he garnered MVP honors. Some have made the comparison to John Stockton, who many believe is the greatest passer in the history of the NBA. The past two years he has led NCAA Division 1 in assists.
You might hear his name in a week or so when the pre-draft camp is taking place. The gripes about his game are simple: no leaping ability, too weak, too slow, not the best shooter. But one thing is different about him: he can pass the ball and he looks to do that. I think that's what the League needs right now. A solid, pass-first point guard (i.e. Steve Nash). He's a great leader and has complete control of what is going on during the game.
Even greater about this kid, he is MODEST. Nicknames people give him for his ability such as "The Magician," he dislikes them. But the thing is, he is "magical." He does things that people look at him and say, "There's no way that little guy just did that."
During the recruiting process though, Jared received only three offers. The best of those offers being from mid-major Marist College. And he did his best to prove all of those college coaches who doubted him wrong. By the middle of his freshman year he was leading the team in minutes. He played just as well as Chris Thomas when they matched up against Notre Dame. He scored 32 points against Iona as a sophomore. Then he had 11 assists in a win against St. John's in the legendary Madison Square Garden.
Last summer he played in the Hartford Pro-Am which, in the past, has featured Marcus Camby, Ray Allen, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Michael Finley, and others. Jordan played for Jive Records, but his team lost in the semifinals to a team led by Ryan Gomes. Despite losing though, he was named the league MVP.
Keep reading about Jared Jordan in Part 2.