Jordan Rush, 6-5 SR SF Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads, has a high major basketball body, but his skills have been slow to develop, as has his feel for the game. But we went out to watch Rush last night against Montclair Prep (and elite junior forward Nick Stiggers) and we were pleasantly surprised with Rush's progress from a couple months ago.
While he still has a ways to go in terms of polishing his skills, Rush is showing a nice mid-range shot (especially off the dribble), as well as the ability to slash and get to the rim. He plays bigger than 6-5 due to his very long arms and leaping ability (he had several blocks). He has a very quick first step.
In addition to his improved ball skills, we thought Rush showed a better understanding for the game. He's doing a better job of playing under control and staying focused at both ends of the court. He's a willing defender and could end up being a great defensive player with more experience.
Rush has a ton of upside and we think he'd be an outstanding player at the low major level. But mid majors should consider him as well, particularly if they can afford to redshirt him. He's come a long way in the last couple months and there's no telling how good he might be with more time to develop.
We spoke with Rush after his game. He told us that he's been receiving mail from some high major schools, but no one is seriously recruiting him at this point. He expressed a desire to stay on the West Coast.
Rush also told us that he has a 3.0 GPA and scored 1000 on the SAT.