Zagcruit Corner: Jordan Theodore

Jordan Theodore has been coming on strong, earning a recent visit from Gonzaga and much talk among Zag fans. (Copyright 2006 GUnation.com and Scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten, or redistributed.)

2008 Gonzaga point guard target Jordan Theodore has been buckling down and hitting the court hard to work on all aspects of his game with the New York Gauchos (Orange) team September and early October, polishing his skills for his Paterson Catholic High School 2006-07 season…

…and a Jesuit Catholic university with the second-winningest basketball program in Division 1 hoops (Duke is first) has sat up and taken serious notice. Never mind that Gonzaga is across the country. Elite talent is elite talent, and the fit seems ideal, both on and off the court. Jordan was practically born with a basketball in his hands and now it is paying big-time dividends.

The lightning quick floor general is almost 6'1" and about 170 pounds now and is able to execute a vast array of skills as if it's simply second-nature to him. View this link to watch Theodore display his talent as a mere sophomore in high school. As hard as he works to hone his skills, it's almost scary to imagine just how good he could be in a couple years. His recruitment might just be starting but his game is well on its way to being something quite special.

Perhaps the most important aspect of Jordan is his will to win and his knack for making winning a habit. While playing for the 16U Gauchos, he led his AAU team to 2006 summer circuit championships in tournaments like Rumble in the Bronx, Tournament of Champions, Nike Peach Jam and other well-known events, even earning an MVP or two.. And while Theodore couldn't possibly win these games by himself, a point guard is ultimately defined by how successful his team is. That's why they're called Floor Generals.

2006 AAU summer circuit grade: A

For multiple reasons, all of the above caught the attention of Gonzaga's coaching staff. The Bulldogs need a high quality 2008 point guard. Current PG Jeremy Pargo will be a senior come 2008 and Matt Bouldin will be a junior and is big enough to be a combo guard and be at home as an off-guard, similar to former Zag great Dan Dickau. The door will be wide open for a true point guard who can dish ten dimes or score thirty.

Gonzaga's unprecedented stable of top big men (Theo Davis, Robert Sacre, Andy Poling, Brock Osweiler), elite wings (Austin Daye) and shooting guards (Steven Gray) only makes the perennial title-contending Zags that much more alluring to a point guard like Jordan. The Bulldogs will need an infusion of speed as well. Theodore provides an abundance of that. Mark Few will also be looking for superb ball-handling skills. Answer: Theodore. And leadership for the future: Theodore.

And a proven winner: Jordan Theodore.


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The Gonzaga staff has come within one possession from a Final Four in 1999, two points from an Elite Eight in 2006 and three points total from two more Sweet Sixteens in 2003 and 2005. Despite the near-misses, the Bulldogs have still advanced to four Sweet Sixteens (1999, 2000, 2001, 2006) and an Elite Eight (1999) in eight years. Difference-makers are being sought after, and no position can make more of a difference than point guard. It is important for Gonzaga to keep the tradition of outstanding guards going: John Stockton, Matt Santangelo, Dan Dickau, Blake Stepp

One recruiting analyst thinks Jordan looks more like an undersized shooting guard than a true point guard. That may be true but Jordan is conditioned to running a team and not so long ago Gonzaga had a similar-sized point guard who was just as much a shooting guard. He was drafted in the 1st-Round: Dan Dickau.

GUnation.com will be following Jordan Theodore's high school season and staying updated on his recruitment. Paterson Catholic is a favorite to vie for a state championship. Just another in a long list of championships to hang on the Gonzaga recruit's wall.


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