Jordan Shepherd takes recruiting in stride

Andrew Pearson
Asheville Citizen-Times

Jordan Shepherd never feels harried or overcome by the strains of college basketball recruiting.

It’s a joyful grind for the rising senior from Asheville Christian Academy with 13 Division I scholarship offers and counting.

“It can get hectic,” Shepherd admitted Friday.

“Sometimes you have to put a coach on hold because you are talking to another one (on the phone). It’s been fun overall. All in all, it makes me feel blessed.”

Boston and Miami (Ohio) are the two programs to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot guard from Asheville.

His previous scholarship offers have come from Western Carolina, Appalachian State, UNC Wilmington, Lipscomb, Elon, Gardner-Webb, Middle Tennessee State, Winthrop, Charlotte and Furman.

One of the best programs in the Southern Conference has also offered. But Shepherd said that the school wishes to remain anonymous for now.

Shepherd was the Carolinas Athletic Association Player of the Year last winter along with an NCISAA 2-A all-state and Citizen-Times All-WNC player. He poured in 22.7 points a game for the CAA champion Lions (22-7), along with averages of 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals.

But Shepherd is not sitting idle this summer.

He has joined the Charlotte-based PSB Select AAU program and the move has only increased his exposure.

“Everything is going well,” Shepherd said.

“Seeing this kind of competition makes me feel even more confident. The coaches believe in me and it makes me excited to come back and play in Asheville.”