PEORIA — Marvin Jordan is the new head mentor of the Manual boys basketball crew, the Peoria General public Educational facilities board announced in a unique conference on Friday.
Jordan was an assistant coach below Willie Coleman, who resigned the head coaching placement in early June and was hired this 7 days at Limestone as its new head coach.
“I’m enthusiastic to aid learners reach their aims, on and off the court,” Jordan stated following currently being welcomed as the new mentor at the Friday’s school board meeting.
Also between the hires announced Friday was athletics director Constance Jackson, who usually takes over for the retiring Tim Kenny.
A abundant Handbook relationship
Jordan, 30, was considered the major prospect when the choosing process begun. He was a 5-foot-11 guard who played at Handbook underneath then-mentor Derrick Booth.
He was regarded as a tenacious, relentless do the job ethic sort of participant and temperament as a result of his prep vocation at Manual, which concluded in the 2009-10 time.
The Peoria native was aspect of 3 sturdy Manual teams. He performed as a sophomore on the 2007-08 crew that went 25-8 and concluded runner-up in the condition, dropping the title match to Chicago North Lawndale, 56-42. As a junior, he was section of a 23-8 Manual crew that lost in the sectionals. His senior time observed Manual go 24-8 and once again achieve the Class 2A state championship recreation, where by the Rams shed 76-68 in additional time to Robinson.
Jordan played 32 minutes in that recreation, with 6 points, four rebounds and two steals. He experienced an guide on the match-tying basket with 73 seconds left that sent the activity to extra time. He was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-state honorable point out teams as a sophomore and junior. He also performed AAU ball with the Indianapolis-based Eric Gordon All-Stars, and sparked his recruitment with exceptional point guard play.
Handbook, one of the state’s most decorated applications, finished 14-14 last time, but received its 40th regional championship and shed to Rock Island in the semifinals of the Class 3A Peoria Sectional.
Over-all, Handbook has won a point out-greatest 16 state trophies with championships in 1930 and four in a row in between 1994 and ’97. The Rams have four state trophies in the last 12 decades, with runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2010 (led by Jordan) and a 3rd in 2016. Coleman led Handbook to a fourth-location condition trophy in 2019.
Controversy with Ball Condition
Jordan had interest from Illinois Condition, Evansville, Western Michigan, Southern Methodist and Niagara, then signed a letter of intent to engage in for Ball Condition.
A national controversy ensued when Ball State later denied him admission in April adhering to his junior season — despite being an NCAA qualifier who signed a countrywide letter of intent the previous November.
Then-Manual coach Derrick Booth established the history straight in a salvo aimed at Ball Point out, with a Journal Star story picked up by ESPN.
“They hung a 17-12 months-aged kid out to dry all year as much as other educational institutions currently being able to recruit him,” Booth stated in that 2010 Journal Star story. “I was never fearful about Marvin due to the fact I knew he would land on his feet someplace else. But I dislike that (Ball Point out) does business enterprise like this.
“… I would also explain to any of my higher university coaching colleagues to beware when Ball Condition will come into your gymnasium mainly because of what I’ve seen with Marvin Jordan.”
A number of times right after denying Jordan, Ball Point out signed an additional guard, Tyrae Robinson of Gary, Ind., to fill the scholarship opening.
“If they experienced a further child they liked much better, do not say Marvin was denied admission,” Booth mentioned. “Convey to us straight up.”
Jordan went on to play four seasons for NCAA Division I Niagara in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Meeting from 2010-11 through 2013-14, and was a MAAC All-Rookie Crew selection as a freshman.
He averaged 9.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists for every sport in his ultimate period. His career totals provided 43.2% from two-place territory and 36.3% from 3-issue array on 30.6 minutes for each match about 127 contests.
Dave Eminian is the Journal Star sports columnist, and covers Bradley men’s basketball, the Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the Cleve In The Eve sports activities column for pjstar.com. Attain him at 686-3206 or [email protected] Observe him on Twitter @icetimecleve. Leslie Renken contributed to this tale.
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