Jordan Talks About Decision

The recruiting process was a long and unpredictable roller coaster ride for Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side senior Justin Jordan and the final twists and turns ended with the point guard committing to Saint Louis University on Tuesday morning.

"It's been long and crazy and I'm glad it's over," Jordan said.

A high-scoring 5-foot-11, 165-pounder, Jordan was waiting to find out what would happen next with his recruiting when he was contacted by SLU for the first time early last week.

"It was very unexpected," Jordan said. "I was waiting on Cincinnati and a number of other schools. They called me and said they wanted me to come up there as soon as possible."

Jordan arrived for his official visit to Saint Louis on Sunday and it didn't take him long to realize he wanted to be a Billiken and play for Rick Majerus, who completed his second season at the Atlantic 10 Conference school in March.

"It was very easy," Jordan said. "Once I got there, the guys were all open. They were just talking to me and being up front with me. How can you say no to Coach Majerus?"

Jordan said the biggest factors for him choosing SLU were Majerus, the campus and how well he fit in with the rest of the Billikens squad.

The Indiana native spent a lot of time with freshman point guard Kwamain Mitchell, a player Jordan figures to be close to for the next three seasons. Jordan figures to see minutes as Mitchell's backup, but could the duo could also play in the backcourt together at times.

"He was great," Jordan said of Mitchell. "I was with him most of the time. He and Femi John were telling me about everything. They were telling me how the campus was nice."

Saint Louis University has been searching for a point guard who can back up Mitchell, but missed out on point guard prospects like Martavious Irving (Kansas State), Vincent Williams (Georgia) and Vee Sanford (Georgetown) in recent weeks and chose to pass on local players who didn't fit what the coaching staff was looking for.

Jordan, who at one point had scholarship offers from Texas Tech and Central Michigan and interest from Big Ten Conference schools, established himself as one of the top seniors in Indiana this past season when he averaged 27 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds per game. He averaged 24 points and 5 assists per game as a junior.

The high-scoring point guard becomes the sixth member of SLU's recruiting class for next year, joining Australian forward Cody Ellis and shooting guard Christian Salecich, Ohio forward Jonathan Smith, Kansas shooting guard Jeff Reid and Texas post player Cory Remekun.

Jordan said he will sign his letter of intent on Wednesday morning.


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