Jordan Rules

He may not have been invited to the party at first, but Norcross (Ga.) High prospect Jordan DeMercy - and his 40-inch vertical jump - made quite an impression at the Nike All-America Camp last week and will have Arkansas and many others following him closely the rest of the summer.

It's not as if Norcross (Ga.) High small forward Jordan DeMercy was standing outside of the doors of the National Institute of Fitness in Indianapolis trying to sneak into the Nike All-America Camp last week.

But that's not far away from describing what actually happened.

The high-flying DeMercy (6-7, 195) was in Indianapolis to play in another lower-level event and stopped by the Nike Camp if there was anyway he could participate if there were any no-shows and they needed a body.

They were a couple of injured players unable to go and DeMercy not only got inside the door, but got plenty accomplished once he did as evidenced by the that he was just one of 20 seniors selected for the camp all-star game.

"Turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done," DeMercy said. "I was just thinking what could it hurt to check out things. I didn't really get much done the first day, but I started getting more comfortable and I got to just doing my thing. It turned out to be a real good camp for me."

Of course having a 40-inch vertical jump and dunking over everybody from point guards to centers will get you noticed by those college coaches.

Arkansas head coach Stan Heath was one of the coaches who saw him play Saturday and Sunday, two days that will no doubt see his list of scholarship offers rise.

Going into the camp, DeMercy had offers only from Arkansas State and Murray State while others such as Ole Miss, East Carolina, UAB, Georgia and Georgia Tech had shown a little interest.

Now Arkansas and many others will no doubt be following DeMercy and his Georgia Hurricanes team at their remaining AAU tournaments in Las Vegas.

"I am very interested in Arkansas," DeMercy said. "The Razorbacks are sweet and they're in the SEC and that's big-time."

Although he had a great Nike Camp, DeMercy said he didn't play as well as he could because of coming off a wrist injury.

"Obviously my jumping gets everyone's attention, but I am having to work hard on my shot now because I broke my wrist this spring and it's just getting healthy," DeMercy said. "My shot wasn't falling as well as I would like it, too, or as well as I used to shoot it. I'll get it back to where it needs to be."

DeMercy averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists his sophomore season as the star player for Greater Atlanta Christian, a small private school in Norcross.

"That was actually before I started jumping like I can now and I got most of my points just because I was a great shooter," DeMercy said. "I never really could jump that high and then all of a sudden something happened and next thing I know I could really take off."

Norcross won the state championship last season behind star Tony Neysmith, but DeMercy was ineligible after transferring just played junior varsity basketball

"We should be even better this year than we were last season when we won it all," DeMercy said. "I'm looking forward to being out there on the court helping out this season."

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