Bogues had nothing but glowing things to say about his student Justin Jordan. ScoutsFocus asked what player he would compare Justin to, he hesitated for a second and bluntly answered "his Uncle Michael". He then went on to state that Justin's "fluidity, his movement, the way he puts the ball between his legs, the way he handles the ball, his Athletic traits, and the way he play's just reminded me of his Uncle."
After spending his freshman and sophomore year tapered to the North Meck High School (NC) and Davidson Day School (NC) junior varsity teams respectively, Jordan was poised for his breakout year as an upperclassmen. Unbeknownst to him, Davidson Day would rely on its five senior starters to make a run to the state championship, and an all-time school winning record of 32-4.
Delegated to his role as a sixth man, Jordan made the most of his limited opportunities as an offensive spark off the bench and a lockdown defender. Fast forward, a few months and hidden in a back gym tucked away from college coaches, Jordan was discovered by NBA/NCAA skill developer Gilbert Abraham at a Big Shots travel team event. Abraham informed ScoutsFocus, in addition to other college coaches, of the under-the-radar talent where whispers of the late bloomer began to stir-up interest.
Abraham was blown away by Jordan’s lightening quick first step and ability to slice to the rim at any given moment with minimal effort. Abraham said Jordan “was putting on a show and played a pace where he forced nothing.” He noted that Jordan “was getting on his teammates for their lack of defensive intensity, an unheard of trait for a high school player.” Abraham compared Jordan favorably to NBA star Jamal Crawford and said that Jordan "has all the tools to be a high major division-one player."
As a 5’3 8th grader, Jordan’s hopes were, well, just hope. Fast forward to his current size of 6’3" 170 lbs, and his basketball future instantly becomes promising. How he grew to that size, remains to be seen. Justin’s father, Larry, stands at 5’8" while his mother, Angela, is 5’3". Jordan's sister Alexis, a former high school track star, stands only 5’0".
Our best guess would be that his size came from his Uncle Michael Jordan who stands 6’6" and is known as the greatest to ever play.
Michael Jordan has said on record that the only player better than him, was his brother Larry. Larry played professionally for the Chicago Express of the WBL.
Middle Tennesse State, Jacksonville, Niagara, Appalachian State, College of Charleston, Wofford, Radford, Marist, Gardner Webb and Furman are all
The late blooming prospect’s first dunk came last year and first high school start will not come until this November as a Senior.
He has put up a stellar 16 points and 6 assists in early season AAU efforts. These performances are helping the 17-year-old star-in-waiting, to what should lead him into earning his first scholarship offer.
Jordan is poised for greatness, it's just a matter of when the light brings this hidden gem into the hoops recruiting treasure field.
Picture courtesy of Angela Jordan
In one of the more bizarre stories to grace North Carolina prep hoops since Chris Paul spent his first two years as a junior varsity member and Stephon Curry was recruited only to the Big South level, Justin Jordan’s basketball beginnings bear striking similarities. The lightning-quick, bouncy, and highly skilled point guard has managed slip through the cracks unnoticed.
Bogues then went on to say that Justin was "going to be his own player of course" but stressed to ScoutsFocus Justin's impressive work ethic and coachability. Bogues also lamented on how far he came in the two short years he's trained him from a "fragile, young kid" where he saw something special in his "athletic ability and potential and wanted to polish up his skill's."
Basketball isn’t the only thing going for Justin; he sports Ivy League qualifying scores at a 3.74 GPA clip and a 1600 SAT.
schools that have shown interest in the burgeoning prospect. Surprising as it may seem, none have yet to offer, and his first actual call from a college came a little over six weeks ago. This all occurred in a day and age when colleges are offering