Florida Tech Men’s Basketball Signs 6’8 Nieja Jordan From Providence High In Jacksonville
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // April 30, 2017
averaged 10 pts., 8 rebounds, 2 blocks per game
ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech men’s basketball head coach Billy Mims announced Nieja Jordan, a 6-foot-8-inch, 200 pound standout from Providence School in Jacksonville, became the first men’s basketball signee for the 2017-18 campaign.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech men’s basketball head coach Billy Mims announced Nieja Jordan, a 6-foot-8-inch, 200 pound standout from Providence School in Jacksonville, became the first men’s basketball signee for the 2017-18 campaign.
Jordan put pen to paper and signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Florida Tech on the opening day of the NCAA spring signing period, April 12, in a ceremony at the Providence School.
Jordan averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game this season for a Providence team that were 2017 District Champions, Regional Champions, and made it all the way to the Florida State Championship Game in Lakeland.
He made 63 percent of his field goal attempts this year, while shooting 68 percent from the charity stripe.
Jordan was ecstatic to become the newest member of the Panther Family.
“It feels good to know that I’m at such a productive school on and off the court,” said Jordan.
“I’m beyond excited to improve my all-around game with Coach Mims and my new Panther teammates. I’m ready to be challenged by the top players in the Sunshine State Conference.”
Jordan played for one of the top high school coaches in Florida, Jim Martin, who was chosen to be one of the head coaches for this season’s prestigious McDonald’s High School All-American Game, which is annually featured on national television.
Martin has coached a number of players who have gone on to find much success in the collegiate ranks, including current Duke standout, Grayson Allen.
Allen was a member of the Providence School team that won a State Championship in 2013 and later received All-American honors in 2014 before joining the Blue Devils.
When asked about Jordan, Martin commented, “Nieja Jordan is a Division I talent. He has a huge upside with all his athleticism. Nieja is one of the most athletic players I have ever coached at Providence.”
“When Nieja adds 15 pounds of muscle to his frame, watch out Sunshine State Conference.”
“I truly believe he can become an All-Conference player. Nieja was being recruited by several D1 coaches until he broke his wrist mid-way through his senior season. He’s a high academic kid who loves to play basketball.”
Mims is extremely happy with his newest addition.
“When I first saw Nieja, I knew he would be a great fit at Florida Tech. He’s the type of young man that will represent our university well in the classroom and community, as well as on the court,” beamed Mims.
“I love Nieja’s length and athleticism which will certainly help us defensively, on the boards, and in the paint. He runs the floor well and plays above the rim. Nieja will be a great fit in our up-tempo style of play.”
As a senior at the Providence School, Jordan was named to The National Society of High School Scholars. He plans to major in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing at Florida Tech.
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