March 28, 2009

Jordan picks up Iowa offer

When your father is one of the best basketball players to ever put on a pair of sneakers, your recruitment at the college level is going to draw plenty of attention. Earlier this week, the Iowa Hawkeyes put their name in the mix for Marcus Jordan, the son of basketball legend Michael Jordan, by extending a scholarship offer.

"Iowa offered him this week and obviously they are looking for a guy that can step in right away and Marcus is the type of kid that can do that," said Mike Weinstein, the head of the Rising Stars AAU program based in Chicago.

What was the reaction from the three star prospect, according to

"He is interested in Iowa and learning more about the Hawkeyes," he said. "I told him that with Iowa's situation right now it is a great opportunity to walk in there and play quite a bit right away and I think that excites him."

Until this past week, Jordan's recruiting had not caught fire, but after the 6-foot-2 and 180 guard led Whitney Young High School to the Illinois Class 4A title last weekend and earning MVP honors in the process, his recruitment has started to pick up.

Along with the offer from Iowa, Stanford has also thrown their hat into the ring with a scholarship opportunity.

"Right now he has a growing list of schools based on his performance last weekend," Weinstein said. "Iowa and Stanford have offered and schools like Oklahoma and Arizona State are showing interest. I would say his top five in no particular order right now are Iowa, Stanford, Oklahoma, Toledo, and Davidson, but Butler and Arizona State are also in the mix."

This weekend, Jordan and his family will be meeting to discuss and assess his recruiting situation and then they will begin the process of scheduling potential official visits in the coming weeks.

Weinstein says that Jordan has been a part of his program since he was ten years old and like his father, he has a hit a fair share of game winning shots during that time.

"He has been with us since he was ten years old and even when he was real young; he has always been a guy who hits big shots at the end of games. He has hit big shots for us several times at the buzzer for us. The bigger the competition and the bigger the stage, the better he plays."

But, there is more to Jordan's game then just hitting big shots, according to his coach.

"He is a physical and competitive kid who can play at that level," Weinstein said. "You are looking at a big time athlete who is physical, has a great first step, and he can really compete. He is a power player who can finish plays around the basket and has a very high basketball IQ."

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