Hare Attracting Serious Attention

Jordan Hare is off to an excellent start this season and the high major coaches have come flooding in. Last week the Big XII was well represented in Saginaw, and nearly every other power conference school has interest as well.

As a forward who can run the floor with a decent skill level and excellent athleticism, Jordan Hare of Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill High School has had some big time visitors this season. On top of that his numbers have also been impressive early on.

According to Arthur Hill Head Coach Greg McMath, his junior power forward has been living up to the billing of a top prospect this season.

"He's been playing great," said McMath of Hare. "He is off to a good start. We have had a tough schedule but he is off to a really good start for us. So far this year he is averaging 22 points, 10 rebounds, and six blocks per game, so he is starting off with a major flurry."

McMath continued, "His perimeter skills have improved a lot. Everyone has him listed as a four, but he can step out. For us he is playing the three and the four. Just his overall skill work from the summer has helped him out a lot."

Hare's play in the spring and summer on the AAU circuit combined with his production during the high school season have him on the mind of numerous coaches, and that has brought them to Saginaw to check out Hare in person.

"Missouri was in to see him last week, Providence has been in, Kansas is on him pretty good, USC, Rhode Island, Michigan, and the list is growing," said McMath. "Kentucky, Memphis, Connecticut and those guys are also showing up."

Last season the player setting up Hare for buckets was Maurice Jones. Jones is now having a productive freshman year for the USC Trojans and it is definitely something that Hare is paying attention to.

"Jordan is looking at that a lot," explained McMath. "Coach O'Neil is doing a great job with Maurice, and Maurice is having a fantastic experience. USC has been in to see Jordan, and he has a good relationship with those guys. It is good for Jordan to see a friend of his doing well in college."

Many of the schools that are recruiting Hare like to run up and down the floor and get out and score. McMath feels that is the best style of play for Hare going forward.

"I think that style fits him best," said McMath of running schools. "He is good at pressing and running. Jordan is a wiry 6-foot-9 athletic kid. I think he is more built for a school that runs and he can get up and down the floor and use his skills."

For now though it is still very early. McMath says that Hare is paying attention to who is recruiting him, but that things aren't very far along in the process.

"He's given it a little thought, but he is taking it one step at a time," said McMath of the recruiting process. "We talk about it a little bit, but not much. We want him to focus on his grades and make sure his ACT is strong before we get into the process. In January or February we will start narrowing things down I think."

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