Jordan represents native Jamaica in FIBA Americas
By Trevor Wong | @trevor_wong
Former D-Fenders center Jerome Jordan suited up for his native country, Jamaica, in the FIBA Americas, where 10 teams – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and Jamaica – competed for potential Olympic bids.
Jamaica dropped games to Canada, Uruguay and Puerto Rico before notching a 78-76 win over Brazil that pushed them into the second round of the FIBA Americas. In the win, Jordan recorded nine points and six rebounds in 20 minutes.
In the second round of play, Jamaica fell to the Dominican Republic before beating Argentina, 81-75. Jordan notched 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks in that contest.
Jamaica dropped their their final two games to Mexico and Venezuela, losing 100-89 and 95-85, respectively. Against Mexico, Jordan scored a team-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high six rebounds.
Prior to the FIBA Americas, Jordan played for the New York Knicks on their summer league roster. This past season while splitting time between the Reno Bighorns and Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League, he averaged 12.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. After the D-Fenders acquired him in late February, Jordan helped key a turnaround on defense for Los Angeles, putting them within two-and-a-half games of the No. 8 seed. Ultimately, the D-Fenders fell short of a playoff berth, though.
Jordan was also recognized on the All-NBA D-League Third Team, selections voted on by the league’s 16 head coaches.