2007 Intro: DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan was "that guy". You know, the one who people didn't know anything about coming into April. But it all changed overnight for the 6-10 rising junior from the Lone Star State.

It's happened before, but DeAndre Jordan became the latest to go from a complete unknown on the national scene to a household name within one tournament – even one day.

The 6-10, 220-pound Episcopal High (Texas) rising junior is hoping to follow in the footsteps of another Houston-area player who made a quick rise from obscurity – first-round pick Gerald Green.

Jordan, 16, did his work at the Kingwood Classic back in April and then reiterated his status among the nation's elite in the Class of 2007 at the University of Texas elite camp before somewhat coming down to earth at the recent Nike Hoop Jamboree.

Jordan averaged 15 points, 12 boards and 6 blocks per game as a sophomore and has lived his entire life in the Houston area, yet somehow he's managed to escape the grasp of the big-name AAU programs and has played with Byron Smith's Houston Swoosh for the past two years.

``I felt like nobody really wanted me before Kingwood," Jordan said. "Then they all called after Kingwood, but I stayed loyal. That made me stronger and will keep me from getting big-headed." ``He's grown two or three inches in the past year and he's a hard-working kid and a good student," Smith said. "He's got a lot of potential, but still has a long way to go. He's got a chance to be as good as anyone in the country. He's that good."

Well, let's not elevate him to O.J. Mayo status just yet, but he's a long, athletic lefty who runs the floor and blocks shots. Some have already drawn comparisons to another long Texan – Chris Bosh.

``He runs the floor like a deer and isn't clumsy," added Smith. "He's a special athlete, but he still has a lot of work to do. He needs to learn how to play harder for a long period of time."

Jordan admitted he had a sub-par overall performance in St. Louis at the Nike Hoop Jamboree.

``I played ok, not as well as I'd have liked," he said. "But everybody was trying to make a name for themselves. The guards came down and shot it. It was run and gun and was hard for a big guy to put the work in."

Jordan doesn't have any clear insight as to where he'd like to go to school just yet, but he rattled off a list that includes Texas, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Georgia, North Carolina, UConn, Kansas and Kentucky.

Not bad for someone who wasn't on anyone's radar a few months back.

``I didn't have any clue it would happen like that," Jordan said. "I had a pretty good idea I was going to play well at Kingwood, but I didn't think things would happen that quick."


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