With Churubusco looking to take major leaps in the Northeast Corner Conference, there is much attention heading into the season on 6-foot-8 junior Landen Jordan and for good reason.
Jordan played in a handful of games for Concordia a year ago – those stats are unavailable – but then made a mid school year transfer to Churubusco but sat out the remainder of the season. He will be eligible to play in December of this year which shows why the Eagles’ schedule may be a little backloaded. Jordan is a game changing presence in the post, as he’s showcased through the summer and every chance he has gotten. Because of the height he has always had, you could consider Jordan a late bloomer but its hard to say any player has the hype and attention on the local scene heading into the new season the way that he does after not playing much last year.
There is a lot of appeal when it comes to Jordan, including his physical profile with a tremendous wing span, big hands and the ability to play above the rim and not just at it. Jordan is a tremendous pick and roll finisher and a rim runner who can get out in transition and finish strong in sometimes creative fashion. Defensively, his rim protection is top notch and especially in the NECC, it won’t be often that someone can compete with both his size and athleticism. There are questions, as their should be for someone who sat out a hefty chunk of 2018-2019, but if Jordan can stay out of foul trouble and stay humbly focused, there is no reason he can’t be the breakout star of 2019-2020.
“[Landen] will be a force this year with his height, speed and athleticism,” says Churubusco coach Chris Paul. “[He} complements the guards we have, so we can have a true inside/out game.”