DeAndre Jordan Ready For Spring

DeAndre Jordan can't figure out why more people know about him outside of Texas than in his own state. But the 7-foot Texan kind of likes it that way.

It's odd, but DeAndre Jordan is known more outside of Houston than in his own hometown.

That's because the 7-foot, 235-pound junior plays for a small private school in Houston that doesn't receive much publicity locally.

Jordan, who burst onto the scene a little less than a year ago, is hoping to reiterate the fact that he is one of the top junior big men in the country.

Jordan's junior campaign at Houston Episcopal (Texas) didn't exactly go as planned. He missed the first half of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot, but came back and averaged 16 points, 15 boards and 7 blocks in the final dozen games.

``It took me a while to get back, but everything's fine now," Jordan said. "I want to go out and dominate this summer."

Jordan said he is a legitimate 7-footer now and that will make him more attractive down the road because of his versatility.

``It's good for me," Jordan said. "A lot of people need centers. I thought I was going to be a power forward, but now I think I'm going to have to play center and use my power forward skills."

Jordan, who draws comparisons to a couple of other big Texans – Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge – said he wants to work on his perimeter defense this spring and summer while playing with the Houston Swoosh.

Jordan was worried that his recruitment would slow down with his injury, but that hasn't happened at all.

``All of the coaches told me it wasn't really a big deal, but I thought it was," Jordan said. "I'm going to try and get it down to five or six schools in May."

For now, Jordan mentioned Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Kansas, UConn, LSU and Florida State.

``This is going to be a breakthrough spring and summer for me," Jordan said. "I'm going to go out and play hard like I always do and try to show people I'm a good player. I don't want people to say I was lucky last summer."

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: As of now the Cats are on the outside looking in, but have been on Jordan for some time and all indications are that the list could change rapidly over the summer. Jordan is a tall, athletic, talented big man but he has to show that he can play hard all the time. I have seen him play about 10 times and he has shown a tendency to coast at times.

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