A professional basketball player from Texas, USA, Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. averaged 12 rebounds, 4 blocks and 15 points in high school, then went up to 16.5 points as a sophomore and in his senior year averaged 26.1 points, 8.1 blocks and 15.2 rebounds.
A Parade All-American, a part of the first-team All-Greater Houston squad, as per the Houston Chronicle, as well as a two-time all-state selection, Jordan posted a career high 37 points at the Christian Life Center, and set a school record by obtaining 20 blocks in a game.
Rated number 8 overall prospect, the number 1 prep player in Texas, by Rival.com, as well as number 2 center in the entire country, Jordan was much coveted by Florida State, Indiana, LSU, Kentucky and Texas, amongst many others.
Jordan attended Texas A&M College and started 21 of the team’s 35 games in his freshman year. With about 20 minutes a game, he had 1.3 blocks per game as well but his most impressive stat was his 61.7 percent shooting percentage that was the highest in his team, however, he also had a 43.7 percent shooting percentage in free throws, the lowest in the team. He ended the season with a 7.9 ppg and 6.0 rebounds and was named to the Big-12 All-Rookie Team and also decided to declare for the NBA Draft.
He was part of the 2008 NBA Draft and was picked at 35th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. Almost immediately, he was put into the starting lineup due to a number of injuries to the regular roster. In his first game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jordan had 6 blocks and 10 rebounds with 8 points in about 34 minutes of play.
In a subsequent game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan scored 23 points that included 10 dunks, a feat only achieved by Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal in the last 10 Seasons. He also scored 20 points in his 4th NBA game, a feat equaled by Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and Aaron Gray.
In the 2011 to 2012 Season, he achieved a career-high 8 blocks against the Golden State Warriors. IN the next season, he had one of the best field goal percentage in the league, even as his free throw percentage dropped. For the next season, he was selected to take part in the Team USA’s minicamp.He also became the first player with at least 25 points, 18 rebounds, and four blocked shots during playoffs in NBA.
During the 2014 to 2015 Season, he averaged at least 10 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal, becoming the fifth player in the NBA history to do so during the regular season. In the next season, he went on to become the all-time leader of the franchise in total rebounds.