Vegas: Jordan Ford Has a Top Four

LAS VEGAS -- Who's in Jordan Ford's top four? How has his new role on the Oakland Soldiers helped his new shot? Find out inside ...

LAS VEGAS -- After re-engineering his shot over the offseason, Folsom (Calif.) and Oakland Soldiers point guard Jordan Ford has seen his stock soar, particularly during his final AAU summer.

The 6-foot, 165-pound point was not only smooth – and downright icy – with his passes during the Las Vegas Classic by Bigfoot Hoops during the final week of July, but his shot – from midrange, while driving and from distance – was one of the more accurate in the tournament.

“[The shot] is definitely a part of it, but, I think, last year, I had a different role on the team, because we had a couple five-stars, so when I came in, I was just trying to run the team and get comfortable with the situation, hit open shots,” Ford said. “This year, I had to be a little more aggressive, because we don’t really have any five-stars. My team needs me to shoot the ball more.”

Ford is one of three point guards with high-major offers on the Soldiers, including 2017 Kansas offeree Remy Martin and 2017 USC offeree Damari Milstead.

“It’s awesome,” Ford said. “It’s just like college: You’ve got to compete and earn your spot. It’s definitely getting us ready for the next level.”

Ford cold very well spend his time at the next level at California, where his teammate – wing Oscar Frayer -- is already committed, and where another former Soldiers teammate -- Ivan Rabb is enrolled, readying for his freshman season. The Bears have identified Ford early as one of their top point guard targets, and he’s been feeling the love.

“The communication’s definitely increased a lot over the last three weeks,” Ford said. “We’ve been talking about every day, with coach Cuonzo [Martin], so it’s been a really good relationship so far.”

Frayer, for his part, Ford said, “is trying to get everybody he can” to join him in Berkeley, and Ford is certainly listening.

“Definitely, definitely. I’ll probably have a top four, but I’m going to keep that under wraps. But, Cal’s definitely in that,” Ford said. “Ivan being my past teammate, hopefully, he’s not one-and-done, so hopefully, I’ll be able to play with him. That would be awesome. It definitely makes me think about staying closer to home. There are a lot of benefits to it. My family could stay and watch the games.”

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