Knicks acquire draft rights to Jared Jordan
NEW YORK, September 30, 2007 ? New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Isiah Thomas announced today that the draft rights to guard Jared Jordan have been acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for cash considerations. Jordan was originally selected by the Clippers in the second round (45th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
Jordan, 6-2, 190-pounds, averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 117 career games (108 starts) at Marist College. The 22-year old, Hartford, CT-native averaged 17.2 points and 8.7 assists as a senior in 2006-07 and became the first player since Avery Johnson to lead the nation in assists in NCAA Division 1 play for two consecutive seasons.
As a member of the Clippers? entry in the 2007 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Jordan averaged 4.2 points and 4.8 assists in five games (all starts).
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Jordan continues to impress here in Orlando, outplaying more highly regarded points guards such as Bobby Brown and Sean Singletary in this afternoon?s matchup. Jordan?s team is now 2-0, and it would be safe to say that his play at the point guard position has been a major reason for this. Today Jordan racked up a sparkling 7 assists against 0 turnovers, with just about every single pass he made productive in some form. Whether it was find cutters in the halfcourt or handing out crisp, accurate open court passes on the move, Jordan?s mark was on this game whenever he was on the court.
Everyone?s favorite draft prospect here in Orlando (at least amongst the media and staff members) had another solid outing in his final performance at the pre-draft camp, leading his team to its third straight win. Despite lacking an incredible first step, Jordan got into the paint again and again, utilizing terrific ball-handling skills, hesitation moves and crafty spins to force defensive rotations and find the open man instantaneously as soon as they freed up. He also did a nice job running the pick and roll, and pushed the ball up the floor when given the opportunity to do so. He?s an old-school player who doesn?t score a ton of points (really lacking a steady 3-point shot, a consistent pull-up mid-range jumper and a more reliable floater he can go to) but he did put some score some points late in the game when his team really needed a bucke
There are questions about Jordan’s game — no ups, not strong enough or quick enough laterally for defense, an inconsistent three-point shot. But one Eastern Conference scout with whom I spoke has another take. “We’re bereft of really good point guards in the league,” he said. “We have plenty of guys who can shoot, but consider passing secondary. Jordan’s the ideal leader. He has complete control of the game, and his team is so much better when he’s out there. He looks like the real thing to me.”
Hustler who has no problem doing the dirty work like diving on the floor for loose balls ? Constantly looks to push the ball up the court to ignite the fast break ? Great decision maker with the ball in his hands
I think the athleticism is emphasized too much I think in terms of how high someone can jump, and people don?t realize how quick I am until they play against me in person. I just need to keep playing and hope that I can be in a situation to prove them wrong.