Bloomington, Ind. – The university letterhead might not be the same as it was two months ago, but new IU Coach Kelvin Sampson has made it clear that elite big man DeAndre Jordan is someone he wants in a bad way.
"They were recruiting me when they were at Oklahoma, so they just switched over and started doing it again (once they got to Indiana)," said Jordan, who added that IU has offered him a scholarship. "I'm liking it here. I like it a lot."
The 6-10, 210-pounder from Episcopal H.S. in Bellaire, Texas, is in Bloomington this weekend competing in the Adidas May Classic as a member of the Indiana Elite 17-and-under squad. Jordan normally plays with the Houston Swoosh AAU squad, but an off week with that unit gave him an opportunity to team up with Indiana Elite and new friend Eric Gordon.
"I met (Gordon) at a couple of camps and a couple of tournaments and we hit it off and we kept in touch," Jordan said.
Like Gordon, Jordan is considered one of the top players in the 2007 class. Scout.com ranks Jordan as the No. 22 player nationally, someone who's been getting recruiting attention from across the country. In addition to Indiana, Jordan said he's also received scholarship offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas, Florida, UConn and Illinois, among others.
Jordan is a gifted shot blocker and athlete, someone who can run the floor and finish in transition. A stress fracture in his foot limited him during the first half of his junior season, but he did come back to average 16 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks during his prep team's final 12 games of the year.
With the injury now behind him, he said he's working to become a better perimeter player as well, trying to strengthen his perimeter shooting and defense during the off-season.
He's also thinking about whittling down his recruiting list as well.
"I'm going to start cutting my list down to about five at the end of May," Jordan said.
It's unclear what will be the biggest part of Jordan's decision, but it does appear that the big man from the Lone Star State isn't shy about giving serious consideration to going out-of-state for his college career.
"I want to go somewhere that I like the style of play, and that I get along with the coaches and the team," Jordan said. "It doesn't have to be about location. Just because I'm a Texas kid, that doesn't mean I'm going to go to Texas or Texas A&M. It's wherever I feel comfortable and wherever is going to help me reach my potential."
Jordan A Wanted Man
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