Jordan
Nwora
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-8 / 225 lbs
School/Club: Louisville
Status: Junior
Birthday: 09/09/1998

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About Jordan Nwora

Jordan Nwora is an aggressive offensive forward who scored in bunches from the perimeter for stretches of his junior year at Louisville showing the ability to space the floor at a high level.  Widely regarded as a top-75 prospect in the high school class of 2017, Nwora showed well in limited minutes as a freshman at Louisville.  He carved out a key role with the Nigerian national team in qualifying action before his sophomore year carrying that that momentum into a breakout season for the Cardinals. 

Declaring for and later withdrawing from the 2019 NBA Draft Nwora started his junior year strong and finished the season averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game to earn All-ACC 1st Team honors narrowly missing winning Player of the Year as he helped Head Coach Chris Mack’s Cardinals to a top-15 ranking.

  • Standing 6-foot-8 with a strong 225-pound frame and a 6-foot-10.5 wingspan, Nwora has solid size for a small forward and the ability to play above the rim with a head of steam.
     
  • Playing a prominent role for the Cardinals freshman, Nwora did much of his damage spacing the floor and filling lanes in transition but scored quite a few miscellaneous points as well hunting shots in the half court.  Flashing versatility in spurts, he had some huge scoring performances as a junior when he ran hot from the perimeter.
     
  • Possessing good strength, Nwora chipped in on the defensive glass, but held his own guarding some games more than others.

Defensive Analysis

  • A capable rebounder who has room to grow on the defensive end, Nwora allowed 0.70 point per isolation possession [57th percentile] as he held his own on the ball in spurts when he was dialed in an being physical.
     
  • Stronger than he is rangy on defensively, Nwora’s consistency off the ball is a point of interest.

Career Highlights

  • Consensus 2019-20 All-America Third Team selection.
  • Top-five finalist for the 2019-20 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and top-15 for the Wooden Award.
  • 2019-20 All-ACC First Team and 2018-19 All-ACC Third Team.
  • 2018-19 ACC Most Improved Player.
  • Ranks seventh in Louisville history in career three-point field goal percentage (39.4).
  • Competed for Nigeria in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Junior (2019-20)

  • Ranked second in the ACC in both scoring (18.0 ppg) and three-pointers made per game (2.45), sixth in free throw percentage (81.3) and eighth in rebounding (7.7 rpg).
  • Runner-up for ACC Player of the Year and second-leading vote-getter for All-ACC First Team.
  • Set career highs with 37 points and seven threes at Boston College (Jan. 29)
  • ACC Co-Player of the Week after averaging 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in wins over No. 4 Michigan (Dec. 3) and Pitt (Dec. 6).

Strengths

  • Floor-spacing forward with deep range.
  • Catch-and-shoot threat with a quick release.
  • Has a solid feel for the game.
  • Very good rebounder and smart team defender.

Personal

  • Three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection.
  • Has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Nigeria.
  • Father, Alex, is head coach of the Nigerian National Team and at Erie Community College. Alex was a star player at Daemen College.

Quotable

“To be honest, I didn’t think I’d be in the position I’m in today. I’ve come a long way since high school. I didn’t think I'd be able to play at a level like Louisville.”

- Nwora, on developing into a collegiate star