The final chapter to the tremendous basketball career of Justin Jordan is yet to be written, the IPFW guard hopes at least.
The former Indiana All-Star from North Side High School received bad news from his physician recently regarding his healing of a severe knee injury last summer, but Jordan says not to count him out yet.
“I met with a nerve specialist and they said that the nerves weren't healing and the odds of me playing again weren't good,” Jordan explained. “But I'm going to meet with some people in Indianapolis next week and get a second opinion. My dad said that I'm too young to be done.”
Like his father, Lawrence, it's hard for anyone to envision a player with Jordan's ability to be finished.
As a senior at North Side, he was the second leading scorer in the state at nearly 28 points per game and was virtually unguardable at times due to his shooting stroke and speed. He spent his first season of college playing for the late Rick Majerus at Saint Louis, where he averaged nearly 20 minutes per game.
Jordan then transferred back to his hometown and after sitting out the 2010-11 season, averaged 6.9 points per game in his first season with the Mastodons. In an off-season game last June, Jordan landed wrong on his knee and tore his ACL.
“My knee is fine,” Jordan said. “But the nerves got stretched and now I can't move my toes or feel anything. So I can't plant my foot or cut or do any of that.”
The blow is yet another to the Mastodon backcourt, which in the past 12 months has seen its two starting guards become unavailable.
Following a solid freshman season a year ago, starting point guard Jonny Marlin left the program last May to walk-on at Indiana, and then weeks later, Jordan got injured.
“I'm very disappointed for Justin,” IPFW men's basketball coach Tony Jasick said. “We are going to continue to work with him and help him through this situation. Justin Jordan has a very high ceiling in life and I look forward to helping him achieve his goals.”