Theodore Striving Toward Elite Status

For a kid hailing from the basketball-crazed Northeast, Jordan Theodore still is fighting respect. Despite a solid national reputation among local and national scouts, including some national rankings, the 6-0 PG at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic believes he hasn't been getting the love he deserves.

A classically feisty floor general, Jordan Theodore is a mainstay on the Nike circuit. That isn't a problem. Playing for the fabled New York Gauchos -- a program that can claim Stephon Marbury, among many others -- Theodore plans to attend both Nike skills sessions in July.

Theodore's issue is that he has yet to be invited to either of June's major events: the NBA Top 100 Camp or the USA Basketball Junior Olympic Development Festival.

"I just don't have any invites yet (for June), and I don't know why," Theodore said. "But I'm still going to do all the Nike stuff."

His June and July schedule notwithstanding, Theodore already has established himself as one of the best floor generals in the Class of 2008. He's very quick and tough, and his crossover and passing ability is at the level one would expect for an elite point guard from his area.

The one potential holdup for schools is Theodore's jump shot, which typically varies between not attempted and not made, although at times he has enjoyed good moments from behind the arc. But everything else is in place, including tough defense and hard-nosed driving ability.

In one instance at last weekend's Boo Williams Invitational, Theodore demanded the ball in a tight situation, drove the length of the floor and converted a twisting reverse layup. Intangibles: Check.

In terms of schools, Theodore has "the whole Big East." That's no surprise, but some nationals have popped in as well.

"Memphis, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Marquette, Gonzaga and some more are my offers," Theodore said. "St. John's and Cincinnati are after me hard too."

Kansas has expressed interest for several months as well. While the Jayhawks remain more in evaluation mode than some of Theodore's suitors, he appreciates the interest and continues to remain open.

"Oh, Kansas is still calling," Theodore said. "Definitely."

While the lure of the Big East ultimately may prove to be too difficult to overcome, Theodore said that isn't necessarily the case. He wants to go to a "very strong program" and to have a chance to develop in order to continue his career at the professional level.

Theodore added that he'll take the SAT in May.


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