Possessing a versatile inside-out game, Stonewall Jackson rising senior Sydney Jordan compelled college coaches to covet her skills on the basketball floor. The 6-foot Jordan is fully capable of running the offense from the point guard position, and she rebounds the ball at a high rate (9.9 per game for the Raiders last season).
That versatility led to offers from Princeton, Harvard, Richmond, William and Mary, Charlotte, James Madison and Winthrop.On Sunday, she chose Princeton as the school to further her basketball career upon her graduation.
“It seemed like the perfect for me with the academics and basketball,” Jordan said. “It’s one of the best schools in the Ivy League.”
Jordan visited all of the aforementioned schools, but the vibe she got from Princeton’s New Jersey campus wasn’t akin to any of her other stops. During her April trip to Princeton, she had dinner with the coaching staff and spent a majority of the time with her future teammates off campus.
“As soon as i got there, I felt at home,” Jordan said. “The coaching staff was welcoming, and they seemed to really care about student-athletes. I liked the feel of the campus.”
For her final AAU summer Jordan played with the 17U Fairfax Stars team in the ultra competitive Nike Girls’ Elite Youth Basketball League. The Fairfax Stars went 8-2 in the EYBL regular season, before falling in pool play at the Nike Nationals in North Augusta, S.C.
When she wasn’t with the Fairfax Stars, Jordan knocked down 300 jump shots a day to prepare for a larger role for the Virginia 6A finalist Raiders. Stonewall Jackson will be without two-time All-Met Nicole Floyd (23.6 points per game), who is now at Wake Forest.
Jordan said she is expected to be featured more on the wing this season, and in the post. Rising junior Genesis Parker is likely to handle more duties as the floor general for a team that is seeking its fourth Siegel Center appearance in five years.
With her commitment behind her, Jordan’s sole focus will be on the Raiders push for the state title that has eluded the perennial Prince William power.
“It’s a huge relief not having to worry about my commitment,” Jordan said. “I can really focus on improving my game and my final high school season.”
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