Freddie Jordan two-time all-state player at PRCC

      Freddie Jordan fondly recalls his first season at Pearl River Community College. It was the 1969-70 school year.
Freddie Jordan      “That was the year of Hurricane Camille,” Jordan said. “You can’t forget that. The storm hit us in August. We actually had to practice at various high schools around the area until they could redo the floor at (White Coliseum.)”
      Once the season began, Jordan, 62,became an instant star for the Wildcats under coach Miller Hammill. During his two years (1970-72), Jordan averaged 20 points a game and was a two-time all-state player.
      Jordan’s accomplishments on the basketball court have earned him a place in the college's Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, during 2013 Homecoming festivities.
      “You know, as an 18- or 19-year-old playing ball, it never enters you mind that you might make the Hall of Fame one day,” said Jordan. “This is certainly a rewarding experience for me. I am very prideful and honored to receive this.”
      Jordan, who was a point guard, was no stranger to area basketball fans. He played at Picayune High School for three years under legendary coach J. Larry Ladner. He led the Maroon Tide to the state finals for two years.
      “I had some offers from some of the smaller schools, but nothing big,” said Jordan. “I ended up at the River and I am glad I did. The school was great. I met a lot of nice people. It was a nice stepping stone for me. The education was as good as any you could expect.”
      During his playing time, he recorded several 30-point games, including a career-best 39 points against Southwest.
      Said Hammill, “When I took the job as coach, we didn’t have any players coming back. Freddie was the first player I recruited. We were a .500 club for the most part, but Freddie was one of the best players in the state, especially his second season.”
NAME: Freddie Jordan
HOMETOWN: Picayune
FAMILY: Wife, Charlotte Jarvis; two step children and five grandchildren.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Picayune High School, 1969; graduated PRCC, 1972; graduated University of Southern Mississippi, 1974, degree in education.
OCCUPATION: Oil field business.

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