Jordan Hulls talks about Poland

Jordan Hulls' first season of professional basketball went well. He averaged 9.1 points per game and hit 41 percent of his 3-point shots before suffering an eye injury just before the playoffs began in early May. He talked to about his first season, future plans and what it was like living abroad.

It turned out to be an eye-opening season for Jordan Hulls last year in Poland.


Well, not quite literally but close. Hulls' season came to an end prematurely right before the playoffs when he was poked in the eye in a game. He suffered a one-inch cut on the white part of his eye that required stitches.

It happened in early May and his eye was swollen shut at first. He wore an eye patch for the first week and after about two and a half weeks he was feeling better.

But the whole experience was a little bit frightening for the former Indiana basketball star. He said the level of medical care in Poland was fine but the hard part was that everything had to be transated to him.

"I just was never really able to understand exactly what they were wanting to do,'' Hulls said. "In fact, I didn't realize I was getting stitches in my eye until I was actually on the operating table. I'll admit I was a little skeptical but at that point there wasn't much I could do.

"I still have a little double-vision but it's a lot better. It's one of those things that could go away any day. I'm just waiting to get cleared and then I'll be able to hopefully sign a contract with a team for next year.''

Hulls flew back to the United States on May 14 and has been in the Bloomington/Indianapolis area ever since. For the last three days, he hosted a Skills and Instruction Camp at Bloomington South High School.

From a basketball standpoint, Hulls had a solid season for Energa Czarni Slupsk in the Polish League. He was the third leading scorer at 9.1 points per game. He played in 32 games, hit 45-of-110 from 3-point range for 40.9 percent, hit 44.8 percent from the field overall and 81.8 percent at the line.

As for his future, Hulls said he plans to return to Europe but his agent is in the process of finding him a deal. He said it could be in a good league in Germany or Belgium or he could return to Poland, too.

"We're working on all of that right now,'' Hulls said. "It's pretty much a waiting game. I had a pretty good season so I would think I'll have some opportunities. I just have to wait and see.''

Hulls said the biggest adjustment playing in Poland was simply all of the down time. His team only played about once a week. Each player had their own apartment and he said he was alone a lot of the time.

"A lot of the time I was watching movies or TV shows or reading books,'' Hulls said. "The city I was in was pretty small so there wasn't much to do. The biggest city that was close was about two hours away and I probably got there a handful of times.''

Hulls said two things helped him while he was in Poland. He had Slingbox which allowed him to watch all of his parents' channels as long as he was on WI-FI. With that he was able to watch five or six IU basketball games. The problem there was that he was six hours ahead.

The other thing that helped was I-Messaging. Hulls said that texting was free and that he was able to stay in close contact with Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Derek Elston in particular that way.

"We all talked quite a bit,'' Hulls said. "We would compare stories, that kind of thing. It helped pass the time.''

Hulls has been able to spend some time with his fiancée, Aubrey Wathen, since he has been home. Wathen is in nursing school at Marian and taking summer courses so Hulls has been spending some time in Indianapolis. The two are scheduled to be married in the summer of 2015.

"I wanted to get two years under my belt where I was making some money and we wanted her to be able to finish school,'' Hulls said. "I think it's going to turn out to be a great plan.''

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