Ware Shoals High School generally hasn't been a hotbed for college prospects over the years. Sophomore sensation Wesley Jordan is looking to change that however. The 2013 prospect is actually a dual sport star for Ware Shoals and he's starting to generate a buzz for himself. The 6'4 200 pound prospect doubles as a shooting guard/small forward for the basketball team and as the starting quarterback for their football squad as well. We caught up with Jordan recently as he's been enjoying a huge season on the AAU circuit with his SC Raptors Elite squad. That's why Wesley Jordan is "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.
"For my team I play on the wing, usually at small forward. I can play at shooting guard or even point guard too though."
Last season Jordan says he averaged about 20 points per game for Ware Shoals on the hardwood. The 2013 standout says one of his best games last year came on the heels of returning from an ankle injury he suffered.
"I would say my best game was when we played Calhoun Falls because I was just coming back from my ankle injury. We were struggling in the first 3 quarters, then for some reason I just started feeling it and dropped 19 points in the 4th. Even though we lost it felt good to know that I was getting back to my old self. I had 25 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks."
The aforementioned ankle injury kept Jordan on the bench for a long stretch of the season and he talked about it and how things panned out for his squad last year and looking ahead to next season.
"I was out half the season and our record wasn't that good but we were like 4 and 10. It was hard watching us lose tough games when I was out but trust me if we stay healthy we can possibly win the region this year."
One of the state's strongest teams provided Jordan with his toughest competition he said.
"I would say Abbeville was the toughest team we faced. They were quick, they could shoot, and on top of that they were athletic. They had a good bench, but they finished up real good but lost in upper state game against Calhoun County."
Jordan's play on the hardwood has landed him quite a bit of recognition thus far and he talked about some of those accomplishments.
"I've been named All-Region and to the All Lakeland team. In AAU I've been named to a couple of all tournament teams and MVP's. Next year I'm trying to get All-State."
The 2013 prospect talked about his strengths and weaknesses with us for a while and one of his strengths is something that most young prospects don't take great pride in but it's something that many college coaches will love about him.
"I would say the way I can drive to the basket, and how I can create shots and plays are some of my biggest strengths. But I'm a really good defender, every team we play against I always guard the best player on their team and I hustle like crazy. That's what coaches like to see so it's a big part of my game. I feel like I'm an all around ball player."
"This off season I'm going to work on making my dribble skills better and work on having a better jump shot to where its automatic. To do that and make my range farther."
Asked about how things have gone thus far with his SC Raptors Elite teammates Jordan replied, "You may know some of my teammates such as Dante Buford, D.J. Brooks, Patrick Rooks, B.J. Gladden, Jordan Phillips, Alex Mills, etc. Every tournament we've played in we've finished in the Elite Eight or better. At the King James tournament we won the championship in the silver bracket, at Knoxvegas we lost in the elite eight, at Wallace Prather we lost in the Final Four, and at Bob Gibbons we lost in the final four and in all those big tournaments, the team that beat us always won the championship game."
Still just a sophomore it hasn't stopped a few schools from showing early interest in the Ware Shoals talent.
"I've heard from Georgia, College of Charleston, and East Tennessee. The College of Charleston is recruiting me pretty hard already."
Jordan has already taken a visit to one of those schools too.
"I went to UGA and visited with them. I got to watch them play against Kentucky and stuff. It was real fun meeting all their players."
The 2013 standout has already set some goals for his squad and himself during his junior season next year.
"My goal next year is to have a winning record and win the region. I also want to go far in the playoffs and hopefully make it to state."
"My personal goal is to get All-State, All-Region, and All-Lakeland. Then I also want to get more letters and offers from D1 schools, and get visits."
Jordan already has a strong idea of what he's looking for in potential colleges and shared those sentiments with us.
"Education is the most important thing for me. I want to go somewhere that I can get some good playing time or even start, they have to have good program, be in a good location, and want a good coaching staff."
SCPrepNation.com will keep you up to date with the recruitment of Wesley Jordan and some of his SC Raptors Elite teammates as they continue to pile up victories on the AAU circuit. So keep it locked right here!
Jordan says he has heard from North Carolina Central, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Greenville, Duke, Newberry, Dartmouth, Princeton, Oregon, and East Carolina for football. In fact he recently camped with Georgia Tech and the staff says they will be recruiting him heavily on the gridiron.