Jordan Signs With Billikens

ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus today announced that point guard Justin Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind. / North Side) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play basketball for the Billikens.

"Justin Jordan gives us someone who is a quality young man as evidenced by his willingness to share the ball," Majerus said. "Although he was the second-highest scorer in the state of Indiana this season, we never questioned his shot selection or his willingness to hit the open man.

"We want the Billikens to move more toward a three-guard offense, and in doing so, we plan to play two bigs and three men in perimeter spots," Majerus said. "Justin sees the floor, stretches the D with his three-ball, feeds the post very well although he was not able to play with one in high school, and has an understanding of the game. We are excited about his commitment to basketball. For the first time, since becoming the coach of the Billikens, we have 13 scholarship players with which to work. Our intrasquad scrimmages won't have to be comprised of coaches. It is our intent to push the ball more on offense, so Justin will provide depth, speed and quickness.

"Justin's dad was an outstanding first-team All-Conference player at IUPU-Fort Wayne, and Justin has that competitive gene, ‘know-how' and feel for the game, and desire to win that his father portrayed as a player," Majerus said. "We want to play with at least a nine-man rotation, extend our pickup point, and with renewed emphasis on the fast break, this signing is very timely for us. I was fortunate to sit alongside the great coach Al McGuire and that famous St. Louisan Hank Raymonds as we competed for the 1974 national championship. Justin reminds me very much of a guard we had on that team, Lloyd Walton, who was an integral part of our success. We can only hope that Justin has the fire in the belly, and the commitment and drive Lloyd brought to our national championship runner-up '74 Warrior team."

Jordan was the second-leading scorer in the state of Indiana with a 27.7 ppg average to go along with 3.8 assists and 3.6 steals per game. The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association named Jordan as one of the Top 15 seniors in the state in 2008-09, and Hoosier Basketball Magazine listed Jordan among the Top Senior Boys this season.

He was named All-Fort Wayne as selected by the Journal-Gazette. Jordan was chosen for the prestigious Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game, and he previously played in the Border Wars Classic All-Star game against standouts from Ohio. He finished as the Redskins' second-leading career scorer with 1,398 points. As a junior, Jordan averaged 24.1 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game.

Jordan becomes the sixth member of the Billikens' recruiting class this season. Previously, SLU signed 6-foot-8 forward Cody Ellis (Perth, Australia/Lake Ginninderra/Institute of Sport), 6-5 guard Jeff Reid (Topeka, Kan./Hayden), 6-8 forward Cory Remekun (Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite), 6-4 guard Christian Salecich (Gold Coast, Australia/ Lake Ginninderra/Institute of Sport) and 6-7 forward Jonathan Smith (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City).

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