Who is Jordan Nwora?
Jordan Nwora is a Nigerian-American basketball player. Born in Amherst, New York, Jordan grew up with a strong connection to his Nigerian heritage. Jordan’s father, Alex Nwora, was born and raised in Onitsha, and currently serves as a coach with the Nigerian National Basketball Team.
Jordan began playing basketball at a very young age, and joined his first organized basketball team at age 7. He played throughout high-school, joining travel teams sponsored by Adidas (NY Rens) , Nike (Expressions, NY Rens), and Under Armor (Juice All-Stars). In high-school, Jordan was asked to play for African teams in both the Adidas Nations and Nike Global Challenge.
Upon graduating from high school at age 17, Jordan had limited division 1 college recruitment, so he chose to attend prep-school in Vermont. While in prep-school, recruitment heated up, with Jordan landing over 40 division 1 college offers. He selected the University of Louisville, an ACC team.
Coaching changes in his freshman year at the University of Louisville led to minimal playing time. This all changed in Jordan’s second year, with the hiring of Head Coach Chris Mack. Jordan went on to garner Most Improved Player honors in his second year, averaging over 17 points and 7 rebounds per game.
In his junior year, Jordan’s hot streak continued, averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds per game. Among his many awards were All ACC First Team, All-American Third Team, and All-American Academic Second Team. In addition to his college accolades, Jordan was gaining recognition from NBA teams.
In addition to his collegiate career in basketball, Jordan also joined the Nigerian National Team under his father for the World Cup Qualifiers (2018) and World Cup (2019). At 19 years of age, Jordan was able to shatter the Nigerian scoring record when he scored 36 points against Mali.
With the pandemic impacting athletics in the USA, the NCAA tournament was cancelled in 2020. Jordan returned to Buffalo, New York to prepare for the NBA Draft, which had been postponed until November 2020. In the draft, he was selected #45 to the Milwaukee Bucks.
As a rookie in the NBA, Jordan is working hard to continue to improve his game. He has a strong team that includes two-time MVP Giannis Antetokoumpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday. Jordan looks forward to completing a strong regular season and playing deep into the 2021 NBA play-offs.