Jordan Shanklin took a trip to IUPUI last week. That campus visit wound up being the last in Shanklin's recruiting process when he decided to pull the trigger and make a commitment to the Jaguars on Monday.
Shanklin, a gifted lead guard who had other offers from South Dakota, The Citadel, and Portland State among others, said several factors led to him choosing to take his skills to Indianapolis.
"The biggest factor was the fact that after four years I could graduate with a degree from Indiana or Purdue," Shanklin said.
Along with the flexibility of receiving a college degree from a number of different institutions, Shanklin was also looking for a good fit from a coaching and motivational standpoint. The 5-foot-11 point guard found exactly what he was looking for in Indianapolis.
"I also believe that the coaching staff there will push me," Shanklin said. "And help me play at my full potential."
Though he spent a significant portion of his sophomore and junior seasons recovering from injury, Shanklin was able to return healthy and lead his team to a regional championship last season. Shanklin parlayed his strong play into a successful summer in which he played for the Shining Stars Davis squad on the AAU circuit. He completed his productive offseason with a solid showing at the Kentucky Hoopfest in July.
Shanklin, who is perhaps the best pure point guard in the 2011 class in Kentucky, is a heady player who has shown a penchant for making smart decisions when the ball is in his hands. He possesses good quickness, a strong mid-range game, and can step out and hit the three from the perimeter
As a skilled backcourt player, how does Shanklin think his game will translate to the next level when he arrives at IUPUI next season?
"I see myself as basically being a true point guard," Shanklin said. "With hard work and dedication I could possibly come in right off the bat and play a lot of minutes."
Shanklin is the second player from the state of Kentucky to join IUPUI head coach Run Hunter's team in the past week. 6-foot-6 Lyonell Gaines of Louisville (Ky.) Eastern gave the Jaguars a verbal commitment last weekend. Both players are expected to sign letters of intent in November during the early signing period.