Hawks hoop star decides to come back for second season

Diego Castillo
SPORTS EDITOR

He had his bags packed, ready for Atlanta. He had scholarship offers on paper and a chance to play Division I basketball. But Las Positas College basketball star, Jarred Jourdan couldn’t pull the trigger. Instead, he will remain a Hawk.

“I was real close to signing,” Jourdan, 24, said. “I even called Mercer and committed on the phone, but the next day I decided it just wasn’t right.”

Jourdan turned down an offer to play at Mercer. He also shunned interest from schools in the Georgia and New York area.

At the end of the day, Jourdan just couldn’t uproot his family. Most of the offers he was getting came from the East Coast. He couldn’t separate from his girlfriend, daughter and mother.

“I’m family oriented,” said the former James Logan High School star. “I wanted to be in a position where I’m around my family and they can see me play.”

Jourdan was the leading scorer for the team last season, averaging 16 points per game. He is also the only starter coming back for next season. He isn’t coming back just for the view of the Livermore hills and the junior college charm.

Of course, the chance to make history at LPC helps.

“I wouldn’t be happy if we didn’t win state. That is the ultimate goal,” Jourdan said.

Despite having an injury history, specifically a broken ankle two years ago, Jourdan confided with his family and decided staying put was the best course of action.

Even if that meant leaving four-year schools hanging on the telephone.

With his name already out on the recruiting trail, he hopes another solid season and a playoff run only increase his exposure.

If he leads the Hawks on another playoff run, schools this side of the Mississippi figure to look his way.

“I sat down with coach [Costello] and we discussed how we felt,” Jourdan said. “Now that my name is out there. My recruiting process will be a lot bigger next year if I stay another year.”

He would still be eligible to play two seasons at whatever school he decides to transfer. He says it would be a dream if PAC 12 schools calling.

Schools like Santa Barbara, Reno and Fresno State are also on his radar.

In the meantime, the Hawks are happy to have their All- Conference player back in the fold.

At LPC, he is expected to be the team leader on and off the court.

He has already traded phone numbers with incoming recruits and talks to them on a weekly basis. He says build- ing a bond off the court will make things easier on the court.

“I feel like with some of the players that we’re bringing, we’re in a good position,” said Jourdan “Once everybody comes together, I feel we can make big things. Even bigger than last year.”

Last year, Jourdan led Las Positas to within two games of the conference championship. The Hawks eventually lost to Yuba City College, a game in which Jourdan led the team in scoring. He garnered attention from Division I schools like Duquesne and Utah.

If Jourdan has another solid season and teams come knocking on his door again, he will pull the trigger and take his shot.

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