FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas has added a high-flying rebounder and shot blocker to its roster for next season with the signing of Berry Jordan of Jacksonville, Fla.
Jordan, who prepped at Arlington Country Day School, is a 6-7, 215-pound forward with a 39-inch vertical leap. He averaged 14.0 points and 12.5 rebounds as a senior, helping ACDS reach the Class AA state championship game. As a junior, he helped ACDS reach the Class A finals.
“Berry is 6-7 and a half, and he’s a jumping jack with a lot of athletic ability,” Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson says. “He’s a good offensive rebounder, and he’s had good rebounding stats throughout his career, and he’s a good shot blocker.”
Jordan finished his career with the second-most blocked shots in Florida prep history. As a junior, when he led the state with 13.2 rebounds a game, he set a state single-season record with 169 blocked shots.
The Nike All-American was named second-team all-area by the Jacksonville Times-Union and participated in the Pittsburgh Hoops Classic, formerly the Dapper Dan Classic, April 13-14. Jordan, who was also recruited by Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, Marshall, Tulane and Auburn, won his third dunk contest of the year at the Pittsburgh Hoops Classic.
“I was really impressed when I saw him at the all-star game,” Richardson says. “He runs the floor really well and has tremendous jumping ability. We are very fortunate and happy to come across a kid like Berry.”
“I think their program liked his athletic ability and his frame,” ACDS head coach Rex Morgan told the Times-Union. “I got the impression Arkansas liked everything about him. Coach Richardson seemed very excited Berry was still available.”
Jordan, who is academically eligible for next year, is the second Nike All-American to sign with Arkansas. J.J. Sullinger, a 6-5 guard from Worthington High School in Ohio, inked during the fall signing period and had a great senior campaign. He averaged 21.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks in earning state co-player of the year honors and helping his team reach the regional semifinals.