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Hyland DeAndre Jordan, Jr. (born July 21, 1988) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player at center for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He played a year of college basketball at Texas A&M Universitymarker. He was drafted by the Clippers with the 35th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Early years

Jordan was born in Houston, Texasmarker to Kimberly Jordan.

In high school, Jordan averaged 15.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a sophomore; 16.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks as a junior and 26.1 points, 15.2 rebounds and 8.1 blocks per game as a senior. He was a Parade All-American, named to the first-team All-Greater Houston squad by the Houston Chronicle and was a two-time all-state selection. At Christian Life Center, Jordan posted a career high of 37 points in a game and also set the school record for most blocks in a game with 20.

Coming out of high school, Jordan was rated as the number 8 overall prospect, the number 2 center in the country and the number 1-ranked prep player in Texas by Rivals.com. Jordan was recruited by Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Texas, LSU and Kentucky, among others.

In the summer of 2007, Jordan played for Team USA at the 2007 Under 19 World Championships in Serbia. Jordan played only 9 minutes per game. The team finished 2nd with an 8–1 record.

College career

Before Jordan arrived in College Stationmarker, Aggies head basketball coach Billy Gillispie left the school to take the head coaching position at Kentucky. Jordan chose to honor his commitment to the university.

Jordan started 21 of 35 games in his freshman season at Texas A&M. He averaged 20 minutes and 1.3 blocks per game. In those games, he shot a team-high of 61.7 percent in field goals, but a team-low of 43.7 percent in free throws. Most of his field goals, however, were within a few feet from the basket. He finished the season averaging 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. He made the Big 12 All-Rookie Team for his efforts. After the season, he declared for the 2008 NBA Draft.

Prior to the draft, draftexpress.com, a third party NBA draft website, listed Jordan's strengths and weaknesses. A few strengths include "incredible physical specimen", "defensive potential", "incredible upside", and "freakish athlete". Some weaknesses include "not productive", "poor fundamentals", "mediocre footwork", and "high bust potential". The website also projected him to be picked at No. 16 by the Philadelphia 76ers. Other mock drafts had him projected to be picked at No. 10 by the New Jersey Nets or at No. 11 by the Indiana Pacers due to his attractive ability to run the floor. ESPN's Chad Ford had him going to the Memphis Grizzlies at pick No. 28 in the first round.

NBA career

In the 2008 NBA Draft, he was selected at No. 35 by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Due to injuries among the Clippers' low post players, Jordan was pushed into the starting lineup for the January 19 game against the Timberwolves. In his first game as a starter, he recorded 6 blocks, 10 rebounds, and 8 points in 34 minutes of game play. In the January 21 game against the Lakers, he played for 43 minutes and recorded a career-high of 23 points. This included a rare feat of 10 dunks, which had only been accomplished by two players (Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal) over the past 10 NBA seasons.Despite his performance, both games resulted in losses. On January 25th, 2009, Jordan had 20 rebounds in just his 4th career start, joining Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and Aaron Gray as only the fourth rookie to do so.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2008–09
L.A. Clippers
53 13 14.5 .633 .000 .385 4.5 .2 .2 1.1 4.3
Career
53 13 14.5 .633 .000 .385 4.5 .2 .2 1.1 4.3

References

  1. DeAndre Jordan - Basketball Recruiting
  2. SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NBA Basketball stats, scores, standings, blogs and fantasy news from NBA Basketball columnists
  3. SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NBA Basketball stats, scores, standings, blogs and fantasy news from NBA Basketball columnists


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