By Michael O'Brien

Marcus Jordan has arrived

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He's the best sophomore prospect in the state...

Most scouting services have Jordan ranked anywhere from #1 to #5. He's usually right in the mix with D.J. Richardson (Peoria Central), Michael Haynes (Washington), Xavier Humphrey (Fenwick), Chris Colvin (Young), Darius Smith (Marshall) and D'Mitri Riggs (Bloomington).

Haynes was very impressive when I saw him this season, he's much improved. Right now, Smith is the best sophomore high school player. He fills up a stat sheet and has proven his worth in high pressure games.

However, nobody else on that list has the athleticism, strength, speed and explosiveness that Jordan demonstrated last night against Hales. I'm not sure if it translated on the television, but he is a force. Everyone knew he was driving to the basket and no one could stop him. That's very rare to see with a sophomore.

I showed up early last night to catch the sophomore game. Loyola's highly-touted freshmen, Robbie Wennington and Chance Carter, are very talented players. But Hales freshman Brandon Spearman was the best player on the court. He could be a special one.

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Sorry, I don't agree. I saw the game vs Hales, and I thought he was more than a bit of a chucker, and out of control to boot. Sullivan had 17 at the 1/2, mostly w/ MJ on the bench. In the second, he got 4, and rarely saw the ball. WQ/o the name, he's not even close to the best soph.

O'Brien responds: The name doesn't have anything to do with it. Jeff has the name, and no one has ever considered him to be even a top ten player in his class. With sophomores, you don't so much judge by points or in-game production, you have to base it more on physical ability. Sullivan is a seasoned varsity player, Marcus Jordan is still just feeling it out.

marcus and jeff this is your moment , your game. greatness awaits you

he is going 2 be a beast jus like his father

watch cause I am coming for both jordans Iam the next great basketball player from New York high school best at christ the king.

He's one of the best sophomore prospect's in the state...

Most scouting services have Jordan ranked anywhere from #1 to #5. He's usually right in the mix with D.J. Richardson (Peoria Central), Michael Haynes (Washington), Xavier Humphrey (Fenwick), Chris Colvin (Young), Darius Smith (Marshall) and Jerome Harris (Collins).

Haynes was very impressive when I saw him this season, he's much improved. Right now, Harris is the best sophomore high school player. He fills up a stat sheet and has proven his worth in high pressure games.

However, nobody else on that list has the athleticism, strength, speed and explosiveness that Jordan demonstrated last night against Hales. I'm not sure if it translated on the television, but he is a force. Everyone knew he was driving to the basket and no one could stop him. That's very rare to see with a sophomore.

I showed up early last night to catch the sophomore game. Loyola's highly-touted freshmen, Robbie Wennington and Chance Carter, are very talented players. But Hales freshman Brandon Spearman was the best player on the court. He could really play.

I saw Marcus play on ESPN one night and could not believe that he was even Michael Jordan's son. Neither Jeffrey nor Marcus have good playing nights in my opinion. If they are going to be anything like their father then they must step up their game.

when i played marcus in aau a while ago he wasnt all that great or he just gotten that much better

look ya'll have to realize that MJ wasn't no Lebron James in high school...he really didn't make a name for himself until he went to UNC. So ya'll going to have to save your comments until Marcus and Jeffrey Jordan get to college. Ya'll think oh they Jordans so they need to be the best in high school, then college, then in the NBA. It don't work that way....

Posted by: D.T.G. | March 8, 2007 12:43 PM

look ya'll have to realize that MJ wasn't no Lebron James in high school...he really didn't make a name for himself until he went to UNC. So ya'll going to have to save your comments until Marcus and Jeffrey Jordan get to college. Ya'll think oh they Jordans so they need to be the best in high school, then college, then in the NBA. It don't work that way....


Maybe you don't go back as far as I do, but I distinctly remember that Michael Jordan was a McDonald's All-American, and came into Dean Smith's North Carolina program as a defensive stopper... So, he was indeed a very good, highly-touted player who didn't arise out of obscurity... BTW, have you seen Michael Jordan taking the biggest shot of the NCAA Championship game on a team that included James Worthy??? He is not exactly a rags-to-riches story...

I haven't seen either of the Jordan's play, but I've seen highlights of Jeffrey. The kid's 6'0 tall, hopefully he can will himself taller like his father, otherwise there isn't really comparison. You could try to compare him to Iverson possibly, but Michael?

Second, I agree Michael was no rags-to-riches story, but had it not been for the 3 years under Dean Smith, Micahel may have never become the player he did. Also, James Worthy was a stud, he was at UNC to Micahel, what Scottie Pippen was to him in Chicago. Perenial All-Star, H.O.F, Clutch as hell, hit game winners for Lakers Championships!

Not a player in high school? When did UNC begin taking chumps?

I played against Marcus Last weekend, and he sucked. he didn't hustle at all, and he didn't really know what was going on. I was gaurding him, and I scored 17 points on him. He and his brother are both over rated.

Remmember this people said Micheal couldn't play his sophmore year and look what happen, give marcus a chance like they did his father and let's see what happens OK!

what is he working for lol hell hes rich for life lol he might grow to be great just because the eric gordons and oj mayos were rated higher does not mean they will be pro players.and thats all i have to say

I havent seen him play but i seen him shoot around before like couple days ago and talk 2 him! I think hes good!

I have not had the chance to see Marcus play yet live (saw the ESPN game - not good) but I did see Jeffrey play - - not very impressed. He does seem to try harder when his father is watching.

THE JORDAN GENETICS IS SUCH THAT JEFF AND MARCUS WILL BE IN THE LEAGUE BY 2012. MARK MY WORDS!! U GROW UP IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD WITH THE BEST PLAYER IN THE UNIVERSE, YOUR BOUND FOR GREATNESS.. I LOVE THE JORDANS..

seems his entire family will be able to play pro ball. good for them :d

People don't want to see these guys do well, for the simple fact that Mike Jordan is there father. The pressure they experience will fuel the passion and cause them to be good players. Wait and see

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