A Preseason Conversation With Jared Mr. Pass Jordan From The Phoenix Cup In Hagen

Jared Jordan is a 24 year old 188 cm pure point guard who understands how to run a team and has great court vision and leadership and BBLhails from Hartford Connecticut. He played at Kingswood-Oxford prep school before going to Marist from 2003-2007.

He really made a name for himself as he gave the word assist a new meaning as he was leading the nation in assists in his junior and senior years. In his last year, he played 33 games and averaged 17.2ppg, 5.9rpg and led the NCAA in assists with 8.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 69.0%. He finished as Marist’s all-time leader in assists with 813 and ranks sixth all-time in points with 1,538. It was no surprise that he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round at #45. He was traded to the New York Knicks, but didn´t make the roster so he ventured to Europe and played at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and played in the Lithuanian league averaging 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 75.0%, 3PT: 45.0%; and in 18 games in the Baltic League averaging 6.0ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-4(4.4apg), 1.9spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 53.8% in 10 games.

In the 2008-2009 season, he tried his luck again in the NBA landing with the New Orleans Hornets, but not making the team and playing in the D-league for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers playing 36 games and averaging 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2(9.0apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 70.3%. This season, he will make his debut in the BBL for The Telekom Baskets Bonn and spoke to German Hoops shortly after the Bonn 91-90 win against The Paderborn Baskets in the Phoenix Cup in Hagen after finishing with 24 points and five assists:

Jared, The Telekom Baskets Bonn suffered a bitter 95-91 loss to Phoenix Hagen yesterday. Why wasn’t Bonn able to pull out a win in crunch time?

It was a tough loss. We got down quickly by 20 points. It was real ugly out there. We did a better job in the second half coming back, but it is never easy to come back when you are down by so much and then close out a win.

Are Phoenix Hagen for real? Will they continue to be able to make surprises this eason in the BBL?

Yes Hagen are for real. They played well against us. We have seen them twice now. But then again, they lost to a team that we beat by 45 points so you can go figure. They have very good guard play with Griffin and Mcgee. Mcgee played tough defense and we didn’t have our best game against them.

With the game on the line at the end, I predicted you would win the game. You made a clutch three pointer and it looked like Bonn would play Frankfurt, but then Paderborn took you into overtime and beat you. With the pre season now 6-7 weeks in, have you gotten the scoring green light when you want and in the last seconds of a game?

If we need a shot at the end and if I am open then I will definitely take it. I should not be a scorer on this team, but be more the distributer and you will see that my role will be more the distributer then scorer this season, but I will still score if I have to.

You guys beat The Paderborn Baskets by one point. It looked very difficult for Bonn grinding out this win.

We got very lucky at the end against Paderborn. We made the shots that needed to be made. Taylor made two big free throws. We got some big rebounds and it was really the little things that helped us pull out this win.

You are really enjoyable to watch on the court. On one play you were at half court and intercepted a pass and jumped very high getting the ball and leading a fast break and feeding John Bowler with a spectacular behind the back pass ala Larry Bird. I was sitting behind the bench and Paderborn American Lawerence Bortha seemed amazed with your play by his choice of words. You seem comfortable on the court in Germany.

I feel extremely comfortable on the court. I have to give a lot of credit to coach Koch who gives me a lot of freedom. I need that to be successful. He understands that in order to be good, I need to play my game this way.

Everyone was anticipating a Bonn-Frankfurt final, but it didn´t happen. How much are you looking forward to playing Frankfurt?

I am looking forward to the game. Frankfurt looked really good yesterday. It should be a very good matchup between both teams.

How are the Telekom Baskets Bonn coming together as a team so short before the start of the BBL season?

The Bonn chemistry is coming along. We have a lot of talent, but just have to put it together now. But everything is coming along well.

How comfortable are you playing in the BBL. How would you rate the league to what you have experienced so far in your career?

That is a tough question since I have not really seen many teams except for teams like Paderborn and Hagen. I haven´t seen any BBL top teams yet. But from what I have heard, it seems like a good league. It seems to be a competitive league where there is always a chance of bottom teams to knock off the bottom teams.

How did you like the gym atmosphere in Hagen? Did you play in front of as many people at Kingswood-Oxford high school in West Hartford?

No, I didn’t. Our gym at Kingswood was small with just two sides and four rows. When we played Hagen in the semi, the gym was really loud and I think that helped them win. It will be tough to play here this season.

What has been your most memorable experience so far in Germany?

I have to be honest that I cant really think of something.

Well you can probably talk about what foods you like in Germany. How do you like Wiener Schnitzel?

I haven’t really had Schnitzel yet. But I have had Döner which is really good.

But it seems like you are also comfortable off the court.

Yes I am. My dad is here today. He has seen my life in Bonn and sees how comfortable I am. Germany is very Americanized which wasn’t the case in Lithuania. I love my teammates and am just enjoying my time in Germany.

You are from Hartford, which is about in the middle between Boston and New York. So tell me the truth were you a New York Giants fan or New England Patriots fan growing up?

I always got on the bandwagon as to who was having success at that time. In the early 90s, I liked the New York Giants(Superbowl winner 1991) and then later I liked the New England Patriots as they started winning Superbowls(2002, 2004, 2005).

So who did you root for in the 2008 Superbowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots?

To be honest, I didn’t really care who won. I had no real preference, but was happy that Eli Manning won the Superbowl, because he didn’t have an easy time in New York before winning the Superbowl.

Thanks Jared for the talk and good luck this season in Bonn

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