SLU Freshman Guard To Transfer

The recruiting process was a long and unpredictable roller coaster ride for Justin Jordan and less than one year after committing and signing with Saint Louis University the guard from Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side High School is leaving the Billikens.

Multiple sources have told that the freshman guard, who averaged 4.9 points per game this season, will transfer from Saint Louis University in search of more playing time elsewhere.

He will be the second SLU guard to transfer this offseason. Freshman guard Jeff Reid, a Kansas native, announced he was transferring after his one season that was cut short due to a concussion he suffered early in the year. Reid has since decided to transfer to Division II Washburn.

Jordan had a productive freshman season before suffering an injury late in the year. He averaged 18.2 minutes per game over 33 games and averaged 4.9 points per game. He made 38.3 percent of his 3-point attempts (31 of 81) and his 58 assists ranked fourth on the team.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound combo guard was injured late in the second half of the College Basketball Invitational game against Green Bay when he lunged for a loose ball on the defensive end of the floor.

He became the fourth Billikens guard to suffer a season-ending injury, joining junior Paul Eckerle (knee), freshman Jeff Reid (concussion) and redshirt freshman Femi John (knee).

Jordan became the sixth member of SLU's recruiting class when he committed and signed in the spring of 2009, joining Australian forward Cody Ellis and shooting guard Christian Salecich, Ohio forward Jonathan Smith, Kansas shooting guard Jeff Reid and Texas forward Cory Remekun.

Jordan established himself as one of the top seniors in Indiana as a senior 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 Billikens figure to have a logjam at guard next season. Kwamain Mitchell, Kyle Cassity and Christian Salecich were all regular starters this past season. Mitchell and Cassity will be juniors and Salecich will be a sophomore.

Femi John, who will be a redshirt sophomore, will return. He started eight games before his season was cut short by injury. Paul Eckerle, who will be a redshirt junior next year, returns after missing the entire season due to a knee injury.

The Billikens coaching staff is expecting big things from incoming freshman Mike McCall, a combo guard from Chicago Foreman High School.

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