In-state point guard eyes the Cats

Depending on how things shake out, the Cats may or may not need a point guard in 2005. If they do need one, they may not need to look very far to find their guy. A number of talented players are in the Phoenix area and one of the best happens to be a point guard.

Trevor Browne's Darren Jordan is starting to turn some heads. The sophomore is an explosive scorer who has shown a greater ability to run an offense. Jordan led his Arizona Magic team to the semi-finals of the Las Vegas Easter Classic.

"Darren Jordan is going to be hard to beat," said Magic coach David Grace when asked about the best players in the state.

Jordan has already taken an unofficial visit to Arizona and has been in contact with Wildcat coaches although no scholarship offer is on the table at this time.

"They're talking to me," Jordan said. "During my junior year they should be recruiting me more."

Right now Jordan is just starting to showcase the abilities that should have him among the better point guards on the West Coast. Jordan has great quickness and is an aggressive defender. He can light it up and scores both inside and out. Despite some nice skills Jordan's game has a ways to go and he knows it.

"I've got to work on my defense, my left hand and I've got to understand the game more," Jordan confessed.

Jordan has a nice stroke, but with the Magic he got most of his points from penetrating the lane.

"We design the plays for Ty Morrison on the outside," said Jordan of his AAU team's strategies. "I just get open when I can, but mostly they want me to penetrate."

Jordan says that Iowa State has shown the most interest at this time but that he's heard from the Cats, Michigan and Michigan State. He said he'd also like to see North Carolina get involved.

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